In its resolve to ensure cordial employer-worker relationship in Ogun State, the Prince Dapo Abiodun led-administration has reassured workers, resident doctors, as well as other health practitioners of government’s robust engagement with the State Joint Negotiation Team for their wage demand.
Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi stated this in Abeokuta, during a courtesy visit by representatives of different Associations of the medical personnel in the State, saying government was committed to creating an enabling environment to ensure progress in all spheres of life.
Mr. Talabi, while appreciating the health workers for their efforts in combating the spread of the COVID-19 virus among the people of the State, reiterated that government needed stakeholders’ support through dialogue for a successful implementation of its agenda.
“Let me state that the stand of Governor Dapo Abiodun on workers welfare is to create a conducive ambience that will usher in development at all levels. There is no way we can move forward if there are discordant tunes on appropriate remunerations. It is normal for workers to seek for general enhancement in life, but I urge you to time it appropriately for the good of the entire people of the State. Government, as the father of all in the State sees all doctors and other workers as its children and every worker’s welfare is its priority”, he stated.
The State’s Scribe, promised that all the issues raised would be considered, urging Resident Doctors in the State to be patient, especially at this challenging period where global economy was being ravaged by the deadly virus, as government had put in place, a systematic method in handling their demand in order to have successful deliberations.
Responding, the Vice-Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Ogun State Chapter, Dr. Femi Odusote, appreciated the State government for the various interventions in the heath sector, particularly the distribution of COVID-19 palliatives to frontline workers in the State.
Also, the President, Association of Resident Doctors, Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, Dr. Mutiu Popoola, acknowledged that the present administration inherited remuneration challenges, calling on government to holistically resolve the issue for the collective benefit of all.