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Kaduna health workers suspend strike

Medical and Health Workers Union in Kaduna State has suspended its 21-day-old strike after an agreement with the State Government on Friday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was brokered by the 10-man adhoc committee set up by the state House of Assembly to mediate on the matter.

The committee was headed by the Deputy Speaker, Mr Peter Adamu.

Mr John Akogu, who spoke on behalf of the union directed all the striking workers to resume work immediately.

Akogu, who chairs union’s ‘Strike Force Committee’ said it agreed to suspend the strike to allow for continuous negotiation with the government.

“We have reached an understanding with government hence this action is suspended,” he said.

He urged the workers to show more commitment to their work to justify their demand for wage increase.

On his part, the Head of Service, Mr Akila Bungwon appreciated the union leaders for their understanding, emphasising that “in any disagreement, dialogue is the answer.”

Bungwon commended the state Assembly for its intervention and appealled to the health workers to be diligent in their duties.

He pledged that the state government would do everything within its powers to enhance access to medical services to the citizenry.

NAN recalls that the health workers had been on strike since March 1, seeking for 30 per cent increment in their salaries, a situation which led to the closure of all public hospitals in the state.

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