Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola pleads with doctors to end strike

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), yesterday appealed to the National Medical Association (NMA) to call off its strike action, citing its implication for the patients.

The governor also offered automatic employment to the 265 fresh graduates of the Lagos State College of Health Technology in Yaba, assuring that his administration would continue to employ staff in some sectors of the economy.

He disclosed this at the college’s second convocation ceremony while urging all medical workers to desist from using strike actions as a means of getting their demands met.

At the convocation, the governor argued that those that invented strikes in the country’s health sector did it for the sake of their patients and not for themselves, thereby asking the present crop of doctors to emulate the past leaders.

According to him, all medical workers from the lowest medical worker to the highest in the chain of command are like gods on earth. Only sick people and I know your importance.
He said workers in other sectors of the country’s economy “are not satisfied with their remuneration. They are not holding governments to ransom because they do not want Nigeria to fail.

He explained the importance of fresh graduates in the state’s healthcare system, noting that what delighted him “is that we are producing graduates in areas where the state economy has a compelling need. The primary healthcare is critical to the Lagos economy.

He said the state healthcare initiative was targeted at prevention, thereby offering automatic employment “to the 265 fresh graduates of the college. The state government’s primary objective is to make sure that hospitals are not filled because they ensure initially that the people do not fall sick.”

He said the state government would readily grant autonomy to the governing councils and management running institutions in the state, assuring that the government would only intervene in their affairs when it becomes inevitable.


  1. Otunba Taiyese4 July 2014 at 18:47

    Let the doctors also shear from the national cake


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