The Senate has intervened in the ongoing strike embarked upon by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), in a bid to end the strike and make the nation’s hospitals functional once again.
The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, after a meeting with the leadership of JOHESU on Thursday where he listened to their grievances and demands, also met with the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and the Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige, on Friday to hear their own side of the issue.
While meeting with the JOHESU leadership led by its Chairman, Comrade Biobelemonye Joseph, Saraki had pledged that the Senate would ensure that the right thing is done to end the strike.
Chief Press Secretary to the President of the Senate, Sanni Onogu, in a statement in Abuja, said Saraki’s meeting with Adewole and Ngige was meant to hear their side of the issue and to forge a way forward, not only to end the strike but to ensure that there is lasting peace and industrial harmony in the nation’s health institutions.
During his meeting with the leadership of JOHESU, Saraki said the Senate and indeed the National Assembly, would ensure that the right thing is done to end the strike.
He noted that it is not in the interest of the country to have its hospitals closed while he pledged that the Senate would work with all stakeholders to ensure that the strike is called off.