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Lopsided Appointment: Nurses Begin Indefinite Strike In Cross River

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Members of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Cross River State council, on Monday commenced an indefinite strike action to demand the reversal of a lopsided posting made by the Local Government service commission in a primary health care facility situated in Obudu Local Government Area.

The association, in a notice of  indefinite strike signed by her chairman, strike committee,  Comrade Godwin alongside the Council chairman, Comrade Ojong Ofut, faulted the posting of a junior staff on level 13 to superintend over nurses who are on grade levels 16 and 15, by the chairman of local government service commission in the state, Dr. Peter Adigeb.

While describing the action of Adigeb as an act of favoritism and political settlement, the association called on nurses in the state to down tools until the commission does the right thing.

According to Comrade Godwin,  in an interview at the premises of General hospital in Calabar, the industrial action became necessary after the association exhausted the seven (7) day ultimatum re-issued the state government to reverse the posting in question without any response.

Godwin, who is the auditor, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state, accused Dr. Adigeb of acting a script that is outside the public service rules and regulations.

This is just as NANNM chairman in the state, Comrade Ofut expressed optimism that the strike action will correct every abnormality in the civil service system.

Consequently, the association, in the statement demanded among other things; “That the commission withdraws or cancels all the transfer as it relates to the directors of PHCCs

” That the most senior and most qualified nurse or other health officer in the LGA should be allowed to take over from the retiring officer in the LGA.

” That the commission should not allow herself to be used to undermine the service by directing less qualified officers to suprintend over their seniors.

“Local government service commission must respect the directive of his excellency to revert to the status quo ante.”

However, when contacted for his reaction on the allegations levelled against him, the chairman, local government service commission in the state, Dr. Peter Adigeb, was not found on seat, neither could he be reached on his mobile  telephone number.

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