…to stop residents doctors own private hospitals
Idu Jude and Agency reports
The federal government has decided to implement the “No Work No Pay Rule” with regards to industrial disputes.
The decision, according to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige was taken at the meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, which held Wednesday inside the council chamber, State House Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Dr. Ngige, who addressed journalists after the meeting, said the decision followed a recent spate of strike actions by some industrial unions across the country.
He said while any employee who goes on strike will not be paid for the period they stayed away from work, “the period of strike is also non-pensionable. This is because of the industrial crisis we suffered in the last two months.”
The Labour Minister also announced that the government has decided to “fish out all labour unions that have no term limits for their elected officials” and have them do so.
He said the ministry will look at the constitution of all unions and make sure that elected officials do not stay permanently in office.
The minister said the common rule is that all union officials are not transferred out of their stations and some people have taken advantage to avoid going to places where their services may be needed.
The Nigerian health and educational terrain was recently hit by a series strikes embarked on by key unions that nearly brought the affected sectors to their knees.
In like manner, the Federal Government also is putting up measures to ensure that public service from engaging in private practice, such as preventing resident doctors from owning or working in order private hospitals.
The minister of health, Proffessor Isaac Adewale, disclosed this to state house correspondents at the end of the federal executive council (FEC) meeting
Adewole said a technical committee had been set up to look at the Yayale Ahmed report on the health sector.
The report was the outcome of a panel set up by former President Goodluck Jonathan to look into “unhealthy rivalries” among healthcare professionals.
While submitting the report, Ahmed, a former head of the service of the federation, had said the panel identified 50 areas of conflict after receiving memoranda and interacting with about 40 professional
bodies in the public health sector.
He said the areas of conflict were broadly categorised into organisational management, leadership and teamwork, remuneration and motivation, career management, capacity building, professional practice, labour, legal and governance issues.
The government has been having a running battle with health workers, the last being the strike action by the National Association Resident Doctors (NARD) and the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU).
ProffessorAdewole also asked Nigerians not to panic over the monkeypox outbreak, advising them to maintain a high level of hygiene and report all suspected cases to health affiliates.
He said emergency operations centres had been activated to coordinate response to suspected monkeypox cases.