Lagos State Government reversed its dismissal of 788 doctors in its employ. "Ope oooo"
The state government, through the Head of Service, Adesegun Ogunlewe, said in a statement on May 6 that the decision to sack the doctors resulted from their refusal to answer the queries issued to them to explain why they were absent from work without observing the rules and regulations guiding strikes and industrial actions in the state public service.
Governor Babatunde Fashola, who jointly addressed journalists with his predecessor, Chief Bola Tinubu, on Thursday said the decision became necessary after consultation with leaders of the Action Congress of Nigeria, the Nigerian Labour Congress and other groups.
He said, “One could not hear those appeals and also the appeals of the ordinary people of the state and remains unmindful of them. And it is in that light that I have consulted with the Health Service Commission and they have assured me that the issue of dismissal will be reversed immediately.”
Fashola directed the doctors to resume work immediately.
According to the Punch, he said, “I will like to thank the party and our leaders, all the well- meaning people on both sides and leaders of labour organisations, especially the NLC, for playing intercessory role in this matter and choosing to mediate rather than to take sides.
“The issues are disputes about institutions and nothing more and how we could work together to provide better health care. It is now left for the doctors to return to their locations and to regularise their status with the HSC.”