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JOHESU demands Health Minister’s sack, relaxes strike in Lagos, Kano and Yobe states

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The leadership of the Joint Health Sector Union JOHESU has called on its Lagos, Kano and Yobe state chapters to “tactically relax” the strike in those chapters.

According to JOHESU, the call was sequel to positive responses from the state governments to the demands made by the union.

JOHESU Chairman Biobelemoye Josiah while speaking to journalists on Thursday night also specially commended the Lagos State Government for approving the consultancy cadre for pharmacists in its employment. Just like the Niger State Government did with pharmacists since 2012.

“it is paramount we seize this discourse to specially convey deep appreciation to state governments which have gone ahead to meet the various clamours and terms of settlement in agreements with government. This include Yobe and Lagos States which have now adjusted the CONHESS Scale as demanded.

“We specially commend the Lagos State Government for approving the consultancy cadre for pharmacists in its employment. Just like the Niger State Government did with pharmacists since 2012.

“The JOHESU also expresses gratitude to the Kano State government for ensuring good welfare package for its healthcare workforce in addition to the intervention of Governor Ganduje to ameliorate the ongoing strike action. We urge our members in Lagos, Yobe and Kano to tactically relax the strike to accommodate emergency services in those states as a measure of goodwill.”

Noting that the crux of its clamour has always been restoration of the relativity in the CONHESS and CONMESS scale which was deliberately distorted with active government collaboration in 2014, he said JOHESU remained “steadfast that in alignment with democratic norms and the rule of law, this desire remains very legitimate,” he said.

Meanwhile the union has also called on the President to terminate the appointment of Health Minister Professor Isaac Adewole due to him constituting himself as a hindrance to fruitful deliberations with the union.

“The Federal Ministry of Health as presently led by Prof. Isaac Adewol has constituted itself as a major hindrance to fruitful deliberation as he has never disguised his intention to symbolise the propaganda machine of the NMA through his posturing at all our meetings, which necessitated JOHESU to take a position that the negotiations were structured to fail ab-initio.

“Prof. Isaac Adewole is on record to have insisted that the wage structure in the health sector must reckon with what was obtainable in the 1991 late Prof. Olukoye Ransome – Kuti’s dual salary system (MSS and HSS) which marked the beginning of persistent acrimony until it was corrected through the Harmonised Tertiary.

“The duo of the Ministers of Labour and Health who are both members of the NMA have taken a position that parity must entail a basic salary differential in the emolument of health professionals and their doctor colleagues.

“On May 15, 2018, JOHESU came up with a comprehensive presentation to graphically showcase the realities of the various salary scales in the Health Sector from 1977 till date.

“Even when the reality on ground shows that a fresh doctor presently enters the public service on CONMESS 3 which is the equivalent of GL 12 with a take home monthly package of N313,000,00 per month, the closest in line who are health professionals enter public service on CONHESS 9 which is the equivalent of GL 10 with a package of N161,670.00 with a proposal to have an adjustment that takes him to a total emolument of N190,000.00. The two ministers who are members of NMA have taken positions that these health professionals seek parity with doctors. In mathematical terms this is a significant 61% differential,” he said.

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