If you are in Kogi State, this may just be the right time to pray that illness will not come near you.

This is because the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Kogi has directed its members to resume indefinite strike on Monday.

The union listed a few things that the government must do to resolve the situation.

1.           Payment of doctor’s full salaries

2.           Full remittance of dues and members’ cooperative society contributions

3.           The doctors want the government to give a definite date for the full implementation of adjusted CONMESS (new salary structure).


The Chairman of the association, Dr Godwin Tijani, described the inability of the state government to pay the doctors’ full salaries as unacceptable.

Besides, Tijani said all the doctors’ associations and union dues as well as members’ cooperative society contributions were not remitted in full whereas 100 per cent taxes were deducted.

According to Tijani, even some doctors are yet to be paid.

A resolution of the union read by the chairman said the “congress, therefore, resolved that all its members across the state should resume total and indefinite withdrawal of healthcare services from all hospitals in Kogi, with effects from 12:00 midnight on Sunday, Jan 7, 2018.

“We want government to give a definite time line for the full implementation of adjusted CONMESS (new salary structure) for doctors in the state civil service and the accrued arrears since January, 2014.

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“Congress will reconvene once the state government responds appropriately to the aforementioned demands”.

The Kogi NMA had suspended an earlier strike over the demand on June 22, 2017, following the state government’s assurances that it would meet their demands.

It gave the government up till Dec. 31, 2017 as a renewed deadline. 

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