Officials of the Federal Government and those of the Joint Health Sector Unions on Friday met and reached a truce indicating that the union may shelve its strike scheduled to start by Sunday.
The unions had been directed to consult its members on the agreements reached with the FG and report back to the Ministry of Labour by Saturday, September 12.
A communique issued at the end of the parley said the FG has appropriated N126 billion in the 2020 COVID-19 intervention Appropriation Act for infrastructure upgrading and equipment for the health sector, noting that lack of effective communication made it impossible for the unions to appreciate the degree of investments made in the sector.
At the meeting attended by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Minister of State, Labour, Festus Keyamo (SAN); Minister of State, Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora; JOHESU Chairman, Biobelemoye Josiah and other officials, it was agreed that the unions should be carried along in the affairs of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to ensure proper communication. The parties equally agreed that the private sector engagement should also be encouraged as this would add value to the health sector investment generally.