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Osun striking doctors raise hope of resumption



Femi Makinde


The Chairman of the Osun State Association of Medical and Dental Officers, Dr. Isiaka Adekunle, has assured Osun people that they will convince their members to suspend the ongoing strike which is almost five months old.

According to a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Saturday by the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Mr. Olatubosun Oyintiloye, Adekunle raised the hope of resumption during the meeting of the lawmakers with the leadership of the striking doctors.

The Speaker, Mr. Najeem Salaam, appealed to the doctors to suspend the industrial action, saying the masses were at the receiving end of the crisis.

Salaam said, “You are major stakeholders in the health sector, and whenever you decide to lay down your tools, the masses suffer, people die.

“We are appealing that you go back to your duty posts while we continue our dialogue to ensure that your demands are met.

“The economic realities in the country, and particularly in a state like ours requires that we all make sacrifices and in making that sacrifice, the Osun Assembly will stand by you to see that justice is done.”

The Speaker then assured the striking doctors that after calling off the strike, the assembly would ensure that none of them was victimised due to the industrial action.

The OSAMDO chairman promised the parliaments that their appeal would be taken to the congress to convince the doctors to suspend the action.

He regretted that the lack of understanding between the government and the union made the issue to degenerate.


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