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Aregbesola backs down on threat to sack striking doctors

12 January 2016, 18:14

Edo - The Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, seems to have dropped the decision to sack all doctors in state-owned hospitals who have been on strike since September 28, 2015, Punch reports.

The Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Osun State chapter, Dr. Suraj Ogunyemi, said he was not aware of any sacking and none of his members had received any letter of termination.

Aregbesola had on December 18 given the doctors a seven-day ultimatum that any doctor that failed to resume on December 25, 2015 should consider himself sacked.

Also read: Osun workers call for Aregbesola's impeachment

The governor had threatened to sack the doctors if they fail to resume work and he was said to be planning to bring in doctors from Cuba to replace the sacked doctors.

The doctors said they could not be frightened by the threat, adding that they earned a quarter of the salaries of their colleagues in other states in the county but were paying higher taxes.

Read more at Punch

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