Nigerian Medical Association embarks on indefinite strike

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Benue has ordered all its members to embark on indefinite strike following government inability to meet their demands.

This is contained in a press statement jointly signed by the association’s state Chairman and Secretary, Messrs Obekpa Obekpa and Nwaeze Chukwuemeka, respectively.
A copy of the statement was made available to the Media on Wednesday in Makurdi.
Owojela’s Blog reports that the organised labour in the state had been on strike for the past seven days on account of non-payment of salaries, pensions and gratuities running over eight months.
The NMA officials stated that the indefinite strike became imperative following the expiration of its seven-day warning strike and the inability of the Benue Government and Management of Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Makurdi, to meet their demands.
They said they were left with no option other than the indefinite industrial action to press home their demands.
“The congress passed a vote of confidence on the current executives; the strike action embarked upon by doctors in Benue state continues indefinitely until all the demands are satisfactorily met.
“The congress expressed gross dissatisfaction on the subversive roles of her members in the course of the warning strike, therefore referred them to its disciplinary committee for necessary action,’’ the statement read in part.

According to the association, those referred for discipline are Dr Peteru Inunduh, Medical Director, FMC, Makurdi; Dr Cecilia Ojabo, the state Commissioner for Health and Human Services; and Prof. Terlumun Swende, CMD, Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH).