Kogi doctors suspend 18-day old strike

     The Kogi chapter of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has suspended its 18-day old strike to give room for government to meet up with her remaining demands.

    A statement issued after its Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) in Lokoja today as signed by its Chairman, Dr. Godwin Tijani, said the decision to suspend the strike was taken since the state government has met about 60 per cent of their demands and promised to address other outstanding issues before September.

    “As an understanding association, NMA deemed it fit to suspend the strike to give government the benefit of doubt.

    “We appreciate government for reinstating and payment of the salaries of our collegues employed in 2015. We believed that the promise of reinstating some of our collegues still on the uncleared list will also be fulfilled.

    “NMA has also been assured by government that the Relativity and corrected CONMESS will be implemented by September and we are looking forward to that. 

    “The association is also impressed with the government decision to implement promotion and stepping for doctors to prevent the stagnation doctors have suffered for years.

    “Congress therefore, suspend the strike action for three months and to reconvene in September to reappraise the suspended strike and resume if our demands are not met.

    The association also appealed to the government for the regularization of doctors salary and implementation of the revised conmess, promotions and annual stepping to avoid future strike in the health sector.