The Kwara State Government has appealed to doctors on strike in the state to suspend the industrial action, saying it is committed to their agreements.
This was contained in a statement titled, ‘Kwara Govt urges doctors to suspend planned strike amid 70% offer’ by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health Kwara State, Dr. Abubakar O. Ayinla on Monday.
Ayinla urged the striking doctors to consider the financial standing of the state which according to him is at the bottom of the federal revenue allocation table.
It read, “We are dismayed by the decision of the doctors to hold a warning strike despite the unprecedented commitments of the government to their welfare. While it is the right of labour unions to press for the right and welfare of their members, it is important to state that this administration has done so well for the health sector and it is prepared to do a lot more within available resources.
“It is important to observe also that the government has met all their demands while salary adjustment was put at 70 per cent. This was done in good faith and in recognition of the primacy of the health of our people.
“Notwithstanding the strike, Government remains committed to the agreements already reached in the unprecedented marathon meeting personally chaired by Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for much of Sunday, October 31, 2021.
“However, we appeal to the doctors to look at the bigger picture and the financial standing of Kwara State, which is at the bottom of the federal revenue allocation table.
“It is also important to reflect on where we are coming from and the progress so far made in not just the health sector but in other areas. Every segment of the state workforce is important, and the government is equally working to improve the welfare of the entire public labour community in line with the ethos of the administration.
“We urge our medical doctors to consider immediate suspension of the action while government implements the 70 per cent proposal that its finances can struggle with at this time.
“Suspension of the action will reaffirm the time-honored belief of health workers in the sanctity of human life and stability of the public health system.”
Medical Doctors and other health personnel in Kwara state under the support of Members of the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP), Kwara branch on Monday commenced seven days warning strike across the 16 local government areas of the state over a disagreement with government on their demands.