Doctors in Kogi state are definitely not joking with their demands and it is “fight to finish” with the state government.

All issues appeared settled when the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Kogi directed its members to suspend an initial action owing to intervention by notable persons.

But the government’s alleged failure to fulfill its promises has caused the medical practitioners to resumed the strike.

The chairman of the NMA in Kogi, Dr Godwin Tijani, said the decision became necessary since their demands were being ignored.

“It is really unfortunate that we have found our self in this mess. We respected all the groups who wanted the progress of the Kogi health sector, but the government is putting deaf ears into our demands.

“We have had several promises of salary alerts for the past one week without success; consequently, the Kogi NMA hereby directs all its members to resume strike as from 12AM on June 5, 2017,” Tijani stated.

The doctors’ demands include:

1. Reinstatement and payment of the salaries and arrears of doctors employed in 2015

2. Correction and payment of arrears of doctors underpaid, among others.

The NMA had earlier suspended its 11-day old strike on May 13 to give room for dialogue with state authorities.