The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to use his good offices to stop the ongoing medical doctors’ strike which started on July 1.
A statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, urged the president to save lives and stop the Nigeria Medical Association’s (NMA’s) strike by adequately funding the medical sector, and correcting the imbalance therein.
“We are making this call in the collective interest of majority of Nigerians who cannot afford to seek medical attention either in private hospitals or abroad, and therefore depend entirely on the medical services provided by these doctors,” it said.
CNPP said it had carefully perused the 2009 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the government and the NMA and found that the association was making a genuine demand.
“We at a loss why President Jonathan’s administration has formed the notorious habit of reneging on agreements reached. This notorious habit of reneging on agreement reached led to the prolonged Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) and other workers’ strike, with the attendant consequences on human capital development.
“Do we need to remind the president that the doctors’ strike, more than any other factor, leads to mass exodus of Nigerian doctors to all the nooks and crannies of the world? The consequence of mass exodus of doctors on the health challenge in Nigeria is unimaginable.
“Or is it that Mr. President and his immediate family can rely on state resources to fly to Germany and other parts of the world to receive medical treatment that he deems N5000 per month adequate Hazard Allowance for medical doctors?
“Do we need a national conference to address the doctors’ genuine demand?
Can anybody in all sincerity tell the doctors that we have no money in the midst of monumental and pervasive corruption going on under President Jonathan’s watch?,” the statement asked.