Doctors, Judicial Workers, Lecturers Strikes Ground Nigeria

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Millions of Nigerians are groaning as industrial action declared by doctors in public hospitals, courts workers and polytechnics lecturers across the country take its tolls. The various actions by resident doctors under the aegis of Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) which entered its sixth day yesterday, the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) and the Academic Staff Union of Union (ASUP) were launched to compel the Federal Government to meet their demands which include improved condition of services. The strikes have further compounded Nigeria’s labour sector crisis. The strike by ASUP has disrupted ongoing examinations while students expressed frustration of having to be forced to return home. Last minute effort by the Federal Government to prevent  the union from going ahead with the industrial action hit the rock, yesterday. President of ASUP, Mr Anderson Ezeibe, said the  strike was ordered to address the sorry state of public polytechnics, monotechnics and the general decay in the sub-sector. He listed other complaints to include non-release of the 10-month arrears of minimum wage owed members in federal polytechnics, non-implementation of minimum wage in several state-owned polytechnics, non-reconstitution of governing councils leading to disruption of administrative processes in polytechnics since May 2020 and victimisation of officials of the union in some state-owned polytechnics. Ezeibe said reports from 92 states and federal polytechnics indicated full compliance as only non-academic members were at their duty post. The government should listen to the opinions of the people. As a special industry, they have created a lot of benefits for the country and the people. We should learn to respect their wishes and demands.

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