4th March, 2011
A chieftain of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Chief Ayo Akande, has said that the ongoing doctorsâ€™ strike in Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria, was not unconnected with the bad politics of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Chief Akande, who was reacting to the doctorsâ€™ strike in an interview, described the strike in government hospitals in the state as an act of sabotage masterminded by the PDP through its members in the medical profession to undermine the good works of the Governor Raji Fashola-led administration in the state.
He pointed out that the fresh doctorsâ€™ strike was one of the antics of the PDP to campaign against the ACN administration in the state.
The party chieftain noted that it was wicked for the doctors to play politics with human lives, especially on the eve of the general elections in the country.
According to him, â€œthe doctorsâ€™ action negates their calling of saving human lives. Their strike is not targeted at the Lagos State government but Lagos residents. In any negotiation, nobody or group gets all that they demand. The entitlements being given to Lagos State doctors are better than what their counterparts in other states enjoy. I strongly believe that this is not the best way to reward Governor Fashola.
“Even if they needed more, this is not the right time to press for their demands. Why canâ€™t the doctors take a queue from the Nigeria Labour Congress which always takes the peopleâ€™s plight into consideration before embarking on any strike action?â€
Chief Akande, who enjoined the doctors to suspend the strike and resume negotiation with the Lagos State government, called on Governor Fashola to look for other alternative ways of saving human lives in the state hospitals if the doctors failed to suspend the strike.