Less than 24 hours after workers in Benue state suspended their almost two weeks old industrial action, the Nigerian Medical Association in the state has commenced an indefinite strike to protest the state government’s inability to meet its demands.
In a statement on Wednesday, signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the umbrella body, Obekpa Obekpa and Nwaeze Chukwuemeka, respectively, the association said the industrial action became inevitable as the Benue government failed to demonstrate commitment to meeting its demands despite its initial 7-day warning strike.
The action, according to the doctors, is the last resort in expressing their grievances and pressing home their demands.
“The Congress passed a vote of confidence on the current executives; the strike action embarked upon by doctors in Benue state continues indefinitely until all the demands are satisfactorily met.”
Sad fact: The doctors had earlier lamented the acute paucity of doctors in the state owned hospitals with a total of less than 50 doctors across the state. Despite this, it accused the state government of forcing doctors working under the Benue State Bond Scheme to resign with no alternative arrangement to cure the shortfall.