The Nasarawa State Council of Nigeria Medical Association has begun a five-day warning strike after the expiration of the three weeks ultimatum issued to the state government.
According to The News Agency of Nigeria, the NMA chairman in the State, Dr. Peter Attah, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen on Wednesday in Lafia.
According to the NMA chairman, the decision to embark on the strike was taken at an emergency meeting of the association on Tuesday.
The chairman said he explained to the congress a previous meeting with the delegation of the government led by Dr Emmanuel Akabe, the Deputy Governor, on two occasions but no serious commitment allegedly came from the government.
“We met two times after our ultimatum on June 13, but unfortunately the government is only paying lip service and was not serious about meeting our demands,” he said.
He added that after hearing the updates, the congress unanimously agreed that members should withdraw their services in all the state government-owned facilities from 8:00am on Wednesday, July 5 to 8:00am on Monday, July 10.
“If by Monday July 10, the government still refuses to meet our demands, we will call for a congress meeting and decide on the next line of action,” Dr. Attah added.
“But if the government refuses to resolve the lingering issues by Monday, we may be forced to ask our colleagues in FMC and private facilities to join the strike,” he said.
The association had, on June 13 issued a three weeks ultimatum over welfare issues concerning their members.