President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday summoned a stakeholders’ meeting to avert the proposed strike by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).
The Association is threatening to embark on full scale strike action from Monday after its earlier warning strike.
Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of Jonathan’s meeting with stakeholders in the health sector, the Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan said that some members present at the meeting have been directed to hold another meeting with NMA on Thursday evening.
He said: “There are issues that have been raised by the Nigerian Medical Association for which they have threatened to go on strike. They had a warning strike for about five days, so the President called a stakeholders’ meeting to look at the issues.
“We are going for a meeting now at 5pm with the NMA, at least, there are some things the President has consented to and I believe by the time we finish the meeting this evening, there will be some resolutions.
“Our determination is to ensure that that strike of January 6 is averted. Of course we cannot afford another strike in the medical sector. One minute of strike in the health sector by whatever body can be very disastrous.”