Ogun State Council of National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) have withdrawn its services in Ogun State over the kidnapping of its members and the high rate of insecurity in the state.
In a statement jointly signed by the Chairman of NANNM, Roseline Solarin, and the Nigerian Medical Association Chairman of the state, Dr Oladayo Ogunlaja, the strike will take effect from Tuesday midnight.
The association in the statement described the alleged recent kidnappings of health workers in the state as “disheartening, repugnant and unacceptable”.
It added that the state government’s approach of not negotiating with the alleged kidnappers had made them believe that their lives and property were of no essence to the government, alleging that the state has not shown any commitment that could facilitate the early release of their members, hence, the decision to down tools.
The statement read: “The recent kidnapping of health workers after rendering their services to the good citizens of Ogun is so disheartening, repugnant and unacceptable.
“Recall that Dr Oladunni Adetola and Mrs Bamgbose, a nurse, were precisely abducted on 7 April, making it six days in incarceration.
“Also, another dental therapist working at the General Hospital, Ijebu-Igbo, was abducted today on her way to work.
“In the light of these, there is the immediate withdrawal of services of our members from all institutions in Ogun until the safety of our members is guaranteed.”