The leadership of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) in Ekiti State has directed its members in the state to resume work immediately and ignore the earlier circular asking them to join the ongoing national industrial action of the union.The union which had earlier directed its members to join the strike on last Monday made a U-turn on Tuesdayafter the intervention of the Head of Service of the state, Dr. Gbenga Faseluka and the Chief of Staff, Chief Dipo Anisulowo, who represented Governor Ayo Fayose at a meeting held with the union leaders at the weekend.
The Head of Service who emphasised the important role played by members of the union in ensuring a healthy society appealed to the union to shelve the strike and urged them to continue to deliver their valuable services to the people of the State.
In a press statement co-signed by the state chairman of the union, Mr. Sola Ojo and his secretary, Mr. Toyin Ofere on Monday, the union said it has decided to suspend the proposed strike.
The union stated that its decision to abandon the proposed strike was borne out of the appeal of the state government and in consideration of the peculiarity of Ekiti State in the health sector.
“The leadership of JOHESU Ekiti State, comprising of National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Medical and Health Workers Union (MHWUN) and National Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) wishes to inform all its members that after much appeal by the representatives of Mr Governor and considering the peculiarity of Ekiti State have decided that the proposed strike earlier called be suspended.
“All members of unions affiliated to JOHESU are hereby directed to be at their duty post”, the statement reads.
It is recalled that JOHESU whose membership is made up of National Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP), National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) and Medical and Health Workers Union (MHWUN) embarked on a nationwide strike on 12th November, 2014 to press home for the full implementation of agreements reached with the union by the federal government.
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