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Strike: Nurses In Oyo Issues 14-Day Ultimatum



Strike: Nurses In Oyo Issues 14-Day Ultimatum

The Oyo State Council of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has issued a 14-day ultimatum to Governor Seyi Makinde, threatening to embark on an indefinite strike if their demands are not met, News About Nigeria reports.

In a letter titled ‘Notification of 14 days ultimatum,’ addressed to Governor Makinde, the nurses mentioned the issues affecting their welfare and career progression within the state government.

The demands, as stated in the letter signed by the council’s chairman, Adeyemi Samuel, and secretary, Aina Emmanuel, include the shortage of staff, correction of wrong notional dates on promotion letters, and implementation of the adjusted consolidated health salary structure, among others.

According to the ultimatum, which began on May 2, 2024, and ends on May 21, 2024, an indefinite strike will commence on May 22, 2024, Wednesday midnight, if their demands are not met.

The nurses said there is a critical need for mass recruitment of nurses and midwives to address staff shortages and improve healthcare delivery.

They also demanded the correction of notional dates on promotion letters, the adoption and implementation of the CONHESS adjustment circular, and the financial implementation of promotions for specific periods.

Furthermore, the nurses called for the adoption and implementation of enhanced hazard allowances, lateral conversion/career progression for qualified personnel, payment of withheld salaries, and uniform allowances in line with public service rules.

The letter expressed frustration with the government’s failure to address longstanding issues despite previous appeals.

It warned that failure to meet the demands within the stipulated timeframe would compel the NANNM State Executive Council to direct its members to proceed with indefinite strike action.