The President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba PHOTO: NAN

The NLC has called on the Federal Government to engage the services of seasoned administrators to negotiate with the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) to end the on going strike.

The President of the NLC, Dr Ayuba Wabba, gave the recommendation while speaking at the grand finale of the International Nurses Week on Saturday.

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Waba identified the disparity in dealing with issues of workers’ welfare as the central point of the lingering crisis in the health sector.

He said: “I recommend that the Federal Government should look for seasoned administrators, technocrat to mediate in the contest.

“When neutral people, seasoned stakeholders are allowed to come in they will give the government a better recommendation.

“Seasoned administrators abound in the civil service; they will be able to say what is right and wrong and we should be able to abide by it because going continuously in the wrong direction will take us nowhere.

“The issue is that the salary of people on the same grade level should be the same like is obtainable in the legal profession while the difference should be on professional allowances.

“We should abide by the principle of Equal Pay for Equal Value as enshrined in International Labour Convention (ILO), which Nigeria is a signatory.

“Therefore, using divide and rule tactics to hide our inadequacy cannot take us anywhere.”

Waba, who frowned at the untold hardship caused by JOHESU strike on the masses, said that in spite of this, the government was yet to resolve the cause of the strike.

He urged the government to do everything possible to save the sector from eminent collapse.

He said that facilities in most state hospitals had been overstretched, adding that they needed urgent upgrade.