Okowa frowns at strike’s option to dispute resolution, pleads with DELSUTH

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.

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