Labour crises loom in Bayelsa and Kogi states’ health sector as doctors are threatening strike over the backlog of salaries owed them. In Kogi, the state chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association threatened to embark on an indefinite strike action in
January 13, 2017 if Governor Yahaya Bello failed to pay all doctors their outstanding salaries. The state government recently had promised to clear all outstanding salaries of workers by December 20, 2016, but many workers were left out, of which doctors were part of. In its communiqué of December 23, 2016, signed by the Chairman, Dr. Magnus Ogaraku, the NMA gave Governor Bello a 21-day ultimatum to meet their demands or they would embark on indefinite strike from the said date. The communiqué also accused the governor of not paying 10 medical officers employed on October 13, 2015 at the Kogi State University Teaching Hospital (KSUTH) Anyigba, while their counterparts in the ministry of justice and Kogi State Specialist Hospital were receiving regular salaries.
5. Co-op Group planning 1,500 UK jobs with 100 new stores
The Co-operative Group is planning to create 1,500 jobs in the new year by opening 100 stores across the country. The group will invest £70m in the new shops, which will be spread throughout London, south-east England, Yorkshire and Scotland. The Co-op is expecting to open five stores in London by the end of March. The company is entering the final stretch of a three-year turnaround programme following a period of turmoil mainly involving its banking group. Stuart Hookins, property portfolio and development director at the Co-op, said: “Whilst other retailers are scaling back their expansion plans, the Co-op continues to open new convenience stores. “We opened 100 stores in 2016, and we plan to open hundreds more new stores over the next few years.”