Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state, has urged trade union leaders not to consider strike action as an option in resolving disputes, saying that workers’ should take into consideration the current parlous state of the country’s economy.
Addressing the Board of Directors of the Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH), Oghara, led by Dr. Chris Oghenechovwe, the management and staff of the hospital, the governor decried strike or ‘sit-at-home’ action saying it is not the best way to achieve desired results.
The governor who was earlier conducted round the facilities in the hospital by its Chief Medical Director, Dr. Harrison Abedi, said strike action should not be contemplated in any health environment, stressing that innocent people die when hospital staff embark on strike.
He said: “I want to condemn the issue of strike; whatever reason we intend to give, the issue of strike is not something someone in any health environment will embrace. When you are on strike, lives are lost; when you are on strike, you receive salaries and anybody who is a Christian, know that it is not just right.”
“Strike should not be the first point of call; strike is certainly not a solution at all,” the governor reiterated, asserting, “it’s a very unfortunate situation.”
He said that the dwindling revenue from the oil sector had negatively affected the country’s economy as well as that of the state government, and urged the workers to show maximum understanding of the present state of affairs in the country.
“We need to manage what we have and we should know that the best union leader is not the one that takes his members out on strike whenever there is an issue, he is that leader who continuously engage in dialogue to the benefits of his members,” the governor stated.
The governor also appealed to the Oghara community to be involved in ensuring a secured environment for staff of the hospital.
Dr. Oghenechovwe had earlier commended Governor Okowa for making DELSUTH one of the best hospitals in the country, observing that the meeting had proffered solutions to some of the challenges of the institution.