14th October, 2010
The Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party (PDP), has frowned at the action of the Lagos StateÂ governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, over the ongoing doctorsâ€™ strike in the state, saying itÂ was unfortunate that the crisis has raged on unabated and without any hope ofÂ reconciliation in sight.
A PDP governorship aspirant in Lagos State, Barrister Owolabi Salis, who spoke on behalfÂ of the party, castigated the governor for his nonchalance, which he said has allowed theÂ strike to continue indefinitely while people are dying daily.
â€œA lot of people are dying everyday in the hospitals and majority of these are the commonÂ men who, unlike the wealthy ones, lack the means to patronise the highbrow specialistÂ hospitals for quality health care,â€ he said. “That the crisis is taking this long whileÂ the masses are dying daily in their thousands indeed speaks volumes of the leadershipÂ ability of a man who has been engaged in a desperate struggle to return as the governorÂ of Lagos State for a second term.â€
The Wall Street attorney and leader of Southwest PDP in USA, also lamented that it wasÂ unfortunate that the prevailing doctorsâ€™ strike was happening at a time when lecturers ofÂ the Lagos State University are on strike over the inability of the Fashola-ledÂ administration to defray their legitimate entitlements.
He noted that the governorâ€™s intransigence was further compounded by the deaf ear heÂ turned at the students who, realising that the crisis put their future at stake, staged aÂ peaceful demonstration at the state secretariat in order to have an audience with theÂ governor, but all their efforts were to no avail.