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Just In: Memorandum Of Understanding To Be Signed Between FG And Health Workers

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A deed will be coming between the aggrieved Joint Health Sector Unions and the Federal Government of Nigeria. The agreement will also involve Assembly Healthcare Professions Association.
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A deed will be coming between the aggrieved Joint Health Sector Unions and the Federal Government of Nigeria. The agreement will also involve Assembly Healthcare Professions Association.

The union earlier issued a two-week ultimatum to the government in order listen to their demands. This was on the 3rd of September.

Chris Ngige, the Labour Minister held a four hour meeting with the JOHESU leaders in Abuja.

He said a consensus had been reached on a number of requests and that a Memorandum of Understanding will be signed next Friday.

The enhancement of hazard allowance has reportedly been agreed on while the retirement age had been shifted from 60 to 65 years. The arrears of the consequential adjustment of the national minimum wage has been reviewed also.

Ngige recalled that not less than four meetings was held with JOHESU on hazard allowance, granted by the government.

JOHESU has according to him been presented with the financial result of what is due to them. They in return promised to inform their members.

The government will by next week meet with the leadership of the NMA to discuss the hazard allowance.


He reiterated that Muhammadu Buhari has not been withholding the allowance as it is being insinuated in some quarters.

“Since the past six months, government has been making concerted efforts to push the new hazard allowance into effect, which we are doing now but for disagreement between NMA and JOHESU,” he said.

On retirement, Ngige said that the meeting received reports from Office of the Head of Service of Federation (HOSF) and the Ministry of Health.


He said the matter had already been handled by the HOSF’s office and transmitted to the National Council on Establishment for further processing at its meeting in December.

The meeting agreed that issues of non-implementation of allowances contained in the 2017 agreement, like consequential minimum wage adjustment and skipping, would be resolved.

On non-adjustment of Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) as done with Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS), Ngige said the matter was at the National Industrial Court (NIC).

The minister said after a litigation by a civil society organisation, the court advised JOHESU and its employer, the Federal Ministry of Health, to deliberate.

Ngige announced that the Tuesday meeting agreed that if the discussions fail, the matter should be brought back for conciliation.

The meeting touched additional JOHESU demands such as the 30 percent of shift duty allowance to nurses and others, and payment of outstanding allowance to intern health professionals.

Others, including the payment of teaching allowance to JOHESU members on CONHESS 7 and 8, and skipping of arrears, will be handled by the Ministry of Health.

On issues affecting union members in state health institutions, the Ministry of Health has been directed to collate them for amiable resolution.

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