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Strike: Lagos Nurses Walk Out On Commissioners, Others - Premiumtimes by References: 3:01pm On Jan 09, 2022
The efforts of the Lagos State Government to avert the three-day warning strike declared by the nurses in the state proved abortive on Saturday as the angry workers walked out of the meeting called by the government towards addressing their concerns.

The nurses, under the umbrella of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), had on Friday at a congress held at their secretariat at Agidingbi area of Ikeja, declared the three-day warning strike to begin on Monday, January 10, and end on Wednesday, January 12.

Their demands include resolution of what they termed “acute shortage of nurses and midwives, retention incentives to arrest the turnover rate, proper consolidation of CONHESS salary structure and improved working conditions.”

But a meeting at the Marina home of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Saturday which was attended by some cabinet members in the state including the health commissioner and his counterpart at the ministry of establishments, Akin Abayomi and Ajibola Ponnle respectively; permanent secretary at the ministry of health and his counterpart at the health service commission, Olusegun Ogboye and Benjamin Eniayewu respectively; chief medical director of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Adetokunbo Fabanwo, among others, failed to hold.

The nurses, who were led into the meeting by the association’s chairman, Olurotimi Awojide, and the secretary, Toba Odumosu, disagreed with the composition of the government’s representatives, insisting that they were only ready to meet with the governor.

According to reliable sources, who did not want to be mentioned for fear of sanctions, the union officers said they had held several meetings with the same officials including the head of service in the state, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, without a logical conclusion and that they were unsure if their matters were being raised before the governor.

They said it would only be appropriate to raise the matter directly with the governor, saying only a commitment made by the governor would be taken to their members for deliberation.

NANNM secretary speaks

Meanwhile, the union’s secretary, Mr Odumosu, in a terse response to PREMIUM TIMES’ enquiry on Sunday, said it was true that the union refused to meet with the government officials for fear of “repetitions.”

He said: “Yes, we had to walk out of the meeting because the invitation we received was to meet the governor and not representatives. We had met those same officials several times in the past without resolution. So it is important that we hear from the horse’s mouth.”

He said though they met the governor on their way out of the venue, he apologised for not making himself available for the meeting.

“The governor apologised and he already scheduled another meeting with us for today (Sunday) by 5p.m. So we are patiently waiting for the outcome of the meeting,” Mr Odumosu said.

Govt confirms development
The chief press secretary to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Gboyega Akosile, on Sunday, confirmed that he was aware that the meeting could not hold.

Mr Akosile, however, could neither confirm nor deny that another meeting was already scheduled with the union. He said he would confirm and revert to our reporter.

However, as of the time of filing this report, Mr Akosile had yet to revert on the matter.

Nurses’ demands
According to the association, the exodus of its members abroad for greener pastures is leaving untold pressure on those left in the system, saying the high turnover of workforce in the state is already becoming unbearable to the existing members.

Breaking down the statistics, the union wrote: “The increased foreign labour migration of nurses is no longer news. Understandably this has led to an acute shortage in the staffing of health facilities. According to our records, more than 496 nurses left the service of the Lagos State Health Service Commission alone between 2019 to 2021 and with less than 15 per cent due to statutory retirement. For context, the commission has only about 2,350 nurses. Over 200 nurses left the service of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital within the same period. Over 80 left the primary healthcare board within the last two years which has only about 700 nurses and midwives.

“It is clear that nurses do not find job satisfaction or fulfillment here. Nurses are quitting within weeks of taking appointments. And this mass exodus continues to further overburden and overstress the nurses still within the service. The government has a replacement-on-exit policy in place which has been rendered ineffective by the inability to easily find replacements. Nurses are critical assets. Out of the 500 vacancies approved for recruitment by the governor for the Health Service Commission recently, less than 300 applied. This is in a country with a 33.2 per cent unemployment rate. It is certain far much less would actually take the job. LASUTH experienced the same fate in its own recruitment effort and it would be the same for the Primary Healthcare Board when it starts its recruitment.

“The inherent danger is that while the government is finding it difficult to fill entry-level positions, more senior nurses are also leaving the service. A replacement-on-exit policy does not cater to the deficiency of experienced hands that result from this mass exodus. The effect on the quality of care can easily be inferred.”

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Re: Strike: Lagos Nurses Walk Out On Commissioners, Others - Premiumtimes by KeenD: 3:13pm On Jan 09, 2022
Wahala
Re: Strike: Lagos Nurses Walk Out On Commissioners, Others - Premiumtimes by Coronavirus84: 8:04pm On Jan 09, 2022
Wahala dey every sector of the economy in this country. Nurses again
Re: Strike: Lagos Nurses Walk Out On Commissioners, Others - Premiumtimes by Vinnie2000(m): 8:04pm On Jan 09, 2022
All these DisRespect in Sanwo Olu's government na wa o! undecided

One day, Agbero fit knock Commissioner head! sad cheesy

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Re: Strike: Lagos Nurses Walk Out On Commissioners, Others - Premiumtimes by chukwuibuipob: 8:04pm On Jan 09, 2022
sad
Re: Strike: Lagos Nurses Walk Out On Commissioners, Others - Premiumtimes by inoki247: 8:04pm On Jan 09, 2022
Na Governor everybody wan dey see now...

Even people wey dem wan colet dere land na d Governor dem see....

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Re: Strike: Lagos Nurses Walk Out On Commissioners, Others - Premiumtimes by FERNANDEZISBACK: 8:05pm On Jan 09, 2022
Imagine this country tho..one of the most important sector is not regarded in any way by this wannabe redpiller government... undecided undecided

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Re: Strike: Lagos Nurses Walk Out On Commissioners, Others - Premiumtimes by stevearagorn(m): 8:05pm On Jan 09, 2022
In kiekie voice problem

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Re: Strike: Lagos Nurses Walk Out On Commissioners, Others - Premiumtimes by Warlord12(m): 8:05pm On Jan 09, 2022
Everybody just Dey vex

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Re: Strike: Lagos Nurses Walk Out On Commissioners, Others - Premiumtimes by rainy4: 8:05pm On Jan 09, 2022
A country gone to the dogs

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Re: Strike: Lagos Nurses Walk Out On Commissioners, Others - Premiumtimes by Awkabigboy: 8:06pm On Jan 09, 2022
Nurses are like prostitutes easy to fvck grin cheesy cheesy
If you know you know

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Re: Strike: Lagos Nurses Walk Out On Commissioners, Others - Premiumtimes by NwaNimo1(m): 8:06pm On Jan 09, 2022

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Re: Strike: Lagos Nurses Walk Out On Commissioners, Others - Premiumtimes by SultanOfPuna: 8:07pm On Jan 09, 2022
Ada joy dat gave me blowjoib during her night duty
Nurses are special creatures from God
Ada wherever you are right now, i dey miss u

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Re: Strike: Lagos Nurses Walk Out On Commissioners, Others - Premiumtimes by emmalexdboy(m): 8:07pm On Jan 09, 2022
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Re: Strike: Lagos Nurses Walk Out On Commissioners, Others - Premiumtimes by Ogaga87(m): 8:07pm On Jan 09, 2022
It's been a long while since I heard something like this.. Before them cut rope walk out, the thing don too much..


Government should be lenient and respond fast..

Resources nor much but compromise could save alot
Re: Strike: Lagos Nurses Walk Out On Commissioners, Others - Premiumtimes by Naijanascam: 8:08pm On Jan 09, 2022
Wahala everywhere......... there demands will be meet only if there is no sale out among themselves especially from their leaders.....
Re: Strike: Lagos Nurses Walk Out On Commissioners, Others - Premiumtimes by Brendaniel: 8:09pm On Jan 09, 2022
how a country is collapsing in everybody's eye, yet some people want the status quo to remain...
Re: Strike: Lagos Nurses Walk Out On Commissioners, Others - Premiumtimes by Sonnobax15(m): 8:09pm On Jan 09, 2022
undecided
They were like--"mtchewww,who commissioner help?" undecided

Honestly, wahala just too full these our country....
Re: Strike: Lagos Nurses Walk Out On Commissioners, Others - Premiumtimes by PhlowGovt: 8:10pm On Jan 09, 2022
Re: Strike: Lagos Nurses Walk Out On Commissioners, Others - Premiumtimes by Sonnobax15(m): 8:11pm On Jan 09, 2022
Awkabigboy:
Nurses are like prostitutes easy to fvck grin cheesy cheesy
If you know you know
lipsrsealed. But that's not the matter here bro...we know you're right cool. But sometimes, somethingw are better left unsaid cool

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Re: Strike: Lagos Nurses Walk Out On Commissioners, Others - Premiumtimes by emmanuelbrown26: 8:12pm On Jan 09, 2022
Nigeria a very useless country with 15million most useless people
Re: Strike: Lagos Nurses Walk Out On Commissioners, Others - Premiumtimes by gnykelly(m): 8:13pm On Jan 09, 2022
Thank God for Agbo.
Re: Strike: Lagos Nurses Walk Out On Commissioners, Others - Premiumtimes by Finnese001: 8:14pm On Jan 09, 2022
grin

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