TEXT OF A PRESS BRIEFING BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA NURSES AND MIDWIVES ON THE CONTINUOUS REFUSAL OF THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF HEALTH TO COMPLY WITH INDUSTRIAL ARBITRATION PANEL (IAP) AWARDS AND NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL COURT (NIC) JUDGMENT; ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH 2014 AT THE NURSES’ HOUSE, NANNM HEADQUARTERS, AREA 10, GARKI, ABUJA.
We have the pleasure to welcome members of the distinguished fourth estate of the realm to this very important press briefing.
An ultimatum of 7 days has been given to the Federal Ministry of Health to comply with the final judgment of the National Industrial Court after an appeal filed on 25th April 2012 by the Federal Ministry of Health was dismissed on Tuesday, January 2014 in the Court of Appeal, Abuja.
The continuous refusal of the Federal Ministry of Health to comply in full the implementation of IAP Awards and subsequent NIC judgments for the past thirty four (34) years can no longer be tolerated by the Professional Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives.
On the 7th May, 1981, the Tribunal of the Industrial Arbitration Panel gave awards to the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives among which bothered on the professionalism of nursing, autonomy of the nursing profession, the scheme of service for nurses etc.
The Federal Ministry of Health and Office of the Head of Civil Service of the federation refused to implement the awards in full since 1981, despite the Association’s repeated appeals and reminders.
In October, 2010, the Association approached the National Industrial Court and filed a suit against the Federal Ministry of Health for the partial implementation of the same awards of 1981.
The judgment that was delivered on 27th January, 2012 was again in favour of our Association, NANNM. Rather than the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) complying with the NIC judgment, it filed an appeal in the Court of Appeal in April, 2012.
It will interest the Nigerian public to know that the appeal was dismissed by the Court of Appeal on 21st January, 2014 for want of prosecution.
There has been ample period since 21st January, 2014 when the final judgment was given for the Ministry of Health to now fully comply with, by recalling and correcting the discrimination it re-introduced contrary to the court judgment, into the proposed Unified Scheme of Service for nurses sent to the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.
Since nurses have maintained patience for 34 years from May 1981 when the Industrial Arbitration Panel award was given, coupled with the fact that subsequent NIC judgments and even the appeal filed by the Federal Ministry of Health were all in favour of NANNM, a seven (7) days ultimatum with effect from Friday 14th February, 2014 has been given to the Federal Ministry of Health to implement the judgments in full, failure of which the entire nurses and midwives in the three (3) tiers of the government will commence an indefinite and total strike by 12 midnight of Sunday 23rd February, 2014.
However, the National Executive Council of our Association considered it humane, to commiserate with the people and government of Borno State as a result of continuous bombardment of innocent lives by the menace and callous act of Boko Haram. We there wish to exempt Nurses and Midwives of Borno State from the industrial action to prevent further straining the already bad security and social welfare situation in that State.
God bless Nigeria.
Nurse Abdrafiu Alani Adeniji
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