Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


FG urges health workers to call off strike

31 January 2015, 15:31Benson Ezugwu

Calabar - The Federal Government on Friday urged striking Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) to call off their three-month-old strike in the interest of Nigerians.

The Minister of Health, Dr Khaliru Alhassan, made the appeal through Dr Thomas Agan, Chief Medical Director (CMD) at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), at a news conference in Calabar.

He said that the appeal became necessary following the ongoing negotiations between the federal government and JOHESU.

"Negotiations have been ongoing between the government and JOHESU executives since the beginning of the strike with a view to addressing all the issues at stake.

"This negotiation will continue even when the strike is called off,’’ he said.

The minister said that the Alhaji Yayale Ahmed-led Presidential Committee, set up to look into issues of disharmony and conflict in the health sector, had submitted its report.

According to him, another committee has been constituted to produce a white paper for appropriate implementation of the recommendations of the committee.

He said that the strike had caused unwarranted deaths in hospitals.

Alhassan also assured Nigerians that the government was doing everything possible to ensure the welfare of citizens.

"We also assure Nigerians that the provision of essential services are still continuing in all hospitals by doctors and other ad hoc staff,’’ the minster said.

The minister, however, commended doctors and other members of staff who had continued to render services despite the strike.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...