Nurses in Ondo, Southwest Nigeria Declare 3 Days Warning Strike

Nurses in Ondo State, Southwest Nigeria will embark on a three-day warning strike from Monday, March 1, 2021 over percentage payment of their salaries by the state government.

The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) in the state gave the directive in a letter dated Feb. 26, signed by its State Secretary, Aina Oluwasegun, and addressed to members of the State Executive Council (SEC).

NANNM directed that the strike commences from 12 a.m. on Monday, March 1 to March 3 at first instance, following the expiration of a seven-day ultimatum given to the government.

The decision was taken sequel to the meeting the SEC, NANNM held on Feb. 16, which resolved that state government should pay 100 per cent salary of January 2017, December 2020, January 2021, 20 per cent balance of December 2016 and 50 per cent November 2020.

The union, at the meeting, also demanded an immediate commencement of New Salary Adjustment for local government nurses in seven working days.

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The association also laments shortage of nurses in government hospitals, obsolete nursing tools to work with, leading to brain drain in nursing service of the Hospitals Management Board.

Medical doctors in the state already embarked on an indefinite strike over percentage salaries payment.

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