By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
The Federal Government has said that working closely with the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) will help strengthen the health sector and address its challenges.
Speaking on Thursday in Abuja, during an award night organized by JOHESU and the Assembly of Health Professional Associations (AHPA) for members of both the Senate and House of Representatives, Minister of State for Health, Dr. Adeleke Mamora, said the synergy will ensure health workers do not embark on strike especially at a time the country is working to mobilise adequate human resources to address various health challenges.
At the event organized to honour 46 members of the body who are serving as lawmakers in both chambers of the National Assembly, the Minister said the federal government will always collaborate with JOHESU and dialogue when necessary to address any industrial action.
“We cannot say there won’t be conflicts but the important thing is for us to resolve and respect the principles of fair play and justice.
“There will always be room for dialogue, because none of us has all the answers, wisdom, and knowledge of the issues affecting the health sector.
“We have no other country but Nigeria, so we must continue to dialogue and jointly agree to toe the path that will be beneficial to all and sundry.”
Also speaking, the president of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba, harped on the importance of the health workers in the country.
He said the sector is very important considering the problems of inequality in the sector and how it affected access to healthcare.
Wabba further called for synergy among among stakeholders in the health sector to address the various challenges beclouding it.
On his part, Comrade Biobelemoye Josiah, the President of JOHESU, said the event was necessitated by the cover not the union and its determination to contribute to the country’s health sector.
He warned that those drumming support for privatisation of government-owned health institutions do not mean well for the country.
He said such moves will further deteriorate the health sector and dash the hope of the people.
Meanwhile, 12 Senators and 34 House of Representatives members were honoured at the event.
Some of the awardees included; Senators Betty Apiafi, Abdullahi Sabi Aliyu; and Rt. Hon Ahmed Wase, the Deputy Speaker of the Green Chambers.