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The Delta State chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives says 12 of its members were arrested by the police, following the indefinite strike embarked upon by the union.

The union had, on Friday, commenced a strike to protest against what it termed “humiliation and intimidation of nurses in the state.”

In an earlier letter by the NANNM state secretary, David Ezugwu, the union said, “The move became necessary due to the unwillingness of the Delta State Ministry of Health to meet the association’s demands as contained in the 14-day ultimatum to the Delta State Government and other correspondences to the Commissioner for Health on the abuse/violation of the Civil Service Rules and Scheme of Service, as it relates to the career progression of nurses and midwives in Delta State.”

The leadership of the nursing association, in their directives to members on the observance of the strike, remarked that “skeletal services will not be provided while the strike lasts.” But it said, “The strike will not be called off until all the demands are met.”

But reacting to the union’s strike, the Delta State Ministry of Health, in a circular on Thursday, described the strike as uncalled for.

In the circular addressed to all principals of state schools of nursing and midwifery in Agbor, Sapele, Warri, Asaba and Eku, the government said it was already handling the demands of the health workers.

“Meetings were held up till yesterday being November 2, 2020 at the instance of the Honourable Commissioner for Health in which the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress and members of the State Executive Committee of NANNM were present.

“It was resolved that the proposed strike be suspended to give room for amicable resolutions of all matters in dispute.

“In line with the above, the Honourable Commissioner for Health has directed that no nurse or midwife in the service of the state government should embark on a strike as directed in the aforementioned circular.

“Any nurse or midwife that flouts this directive shall be dealt with according to the rules of engagement/extant provisions.”

The Chairman of NANNM, Mrs Alice Jegede-Ikpen, told our correspondent that 12 nurses were apprehended, while monitoring compliance with the indefinite strike.

“It is a routine thing for NANNM officials to go from one place to another whenever there is an ongoing strike. When they got to some areas and engaged some nurses on why they were not observing the strike, we learnt that they were arrested and were taken to Asaba from their Agbor and Warri axis

“When we enquired about the offence, we were told they plotted to disrupt ongoing nursing examinations. The truth is that only a member was picked up at Warri School of Nursing, while the others were arrested at different locations. Can one person enter a whole school with a view to disrupting exams?”

She alleged foul play, stating that the examinations, which should have ended on Wednesday, were rescheduled by the ministry to hinder the proposed nurses’ strike in the state.

Source : https://punchng.com/twelve-nurses-midwives-arrested-over-strike-in-delta/

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