Health workers embark on 3-day protest nationwide

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…As JAMB sets for 2019 UTME***

The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Health Care Professionals Association (AHPA) on Monday embarked on a three-day peaceful protest nationwide to press home their demands.

The Chairman, Senior Staff Association, National Hospital Abuja, Jelili Kilami, said that the protest was aimed at appealing to the Federal Government to resolve various issues with the unions.

Kilami said the protest, which commenced on Monday, Feb. 11 will continue till Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 8a.m. to noon daily.

According to him, the protest is also to draw the attention of the public to the tyranny, injustices being perpetrated and meted-out on their members by the Ministry of Health.

He said that the salaries of JOHESU members for the months of April and May, 2018 and upward adjustment of CONHESS Salary Structure among others were still pending.

“The National body has called for three days protest to press home our demands which is mainly on salary adjustment for all our members.

“Also, the implementation of skipping salaries and payment of arrears as well as promotion of our members to highest level.

“Many of our members have not being promoted to level 17 as witnessed in other departments and specialist allowances were not approved for those who are entitled to it,’’ he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the protesting health workers were seen carrying placards with some inscriptions like: “improve our hospital facility’’; “pay us our April/May salaries.’’

Other inscriptions on the placards are: “our hospital is not for sale’’, “Don’t kill our hospital for personal interest,’’ among others.

In the meantime, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board ( JAMB ) on Monday said that it was fully prepared for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The board made this known in its weekly Bulletin of the Office of the Registrar and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

According to the report, the board concluded preparation following the Governing Board’s consideration of all items on the checklist of the board in preparation for the 2019 UTME, among others.

This, it said was presented to the Governing Board at its meeting, which held on Feb. 6.

The report quoted the Chairman of the Board, Dr Emmanuel Ndukwe, as saying that: “We have looked at all preliminary procedures and have come to the conclusion that if the board wants to conduct examination today, it can do so successfully without hitches.”

It added that the board analyzed the progress made in the registration exercise, centre accreditation, revalidation and a link test of all the Computer-Based Test Centres (CBT) to ascertain their functionality as claimed by the CBT centre owners.

The Governing Board commended the various organs of the board for the early preparations of the examination, which is scheduled to be conducted in March.

Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, the Registrar of the Board, had earlier presented the reports of the various committees to the Governing Board which were duly approved after extensive deliberations.

NAN reports that JAMB commenced the 2019 UTME online registration in its CBT centres across the country on Jan. 10 and would end Feb. 21.

The 2019 UTME is scheduled to commence on March 16.

Additional report from The Nation