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Oyo State Nurses Announce Indefinite Strike Over Unmet Demands



Oyo nurses strike

The Oyo State chapter of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has announced that the strike initiated by its members on Tuesday will continue indefinitely.

Dr. Samuel Adeyemi, the chairman of NANNM in Oyo State, conveyed this information during an interview with reporters in Ibadan on Wednesday.

Adeyemi explained that the nurses’ grievances have been ongoing since 2019. Despite their longstanding concerns, they had refrained from striking due to their understanding and the nature of their professional training.

Instead, the nurses had opted for patience, continually writing to and negotiating with state government representatives, but these efforts have yielded no results.

“We recently concluded that the state government is taking our humility and gentility for stupidity. So we have now decided to go on indefinite strike till our demands are met,” he said.

According to Adeyemi, the association’s demands include the immediate mass recruitment of nurses and midwives and the correction of incorrect dates on the promotion letters for members who were due for promotion in 2017/2018.

Another key demand is the adoption and implementation of lateral conversion and career progression for nurses in Oyo State, similar to what is practiced in other states across the country.

Additionally, Adeyemi stated that the association is seeking the payment of withheld salary arrears from 2011 to its members, noting that these arrears have already been paid to other employees.

“We also demand adoption and implementation of hazard allowance for nurses at LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Primary Health Care Board, College Of Nursing and Midwifery, College of Health Technology and OYSHIA.

“We want financial implementation of 2018 to 2022 promotion of members at LAUTECH, payment of uniform allowance for all nurses in Oyo State and adoption and implementation of 25 per cent CONHESS adjustment for the nurses.

“There are circulars and documents in support of all the agitations. The Governor of Oyo State is a passionate and compassionate person with a listening ear; he is absolutely concerned about the welfare and good living of the entire citizens.

“But it is the administrators, those managing, interpreting and implementing laws and policies to suit their purposes, that are the reason behind our indefinite strike,” the NANNM chairman stated.

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