Lagos Top Officials Should Stop From Getting Medical Treatment Overseas
The Joint Action Front (JAF), a pro-labour civil society coalition, has urged diplomatic missions in Nigeria to place a ban on Officials of the Lagos State government seeking visas to travel for health purposes.
In a letter to the missions, JAF said its request was based on the information available to it that senior Officials of the government as well as their relatives are travelling abroad for Medical treatment, at great cost to the taxpayer and while the greater mass of the people suffer under the current situation.
Recalling the government’s recent sacking of 788 of its doctors and the genesis of the doctor’s strike which led to it, JAF said that its General Congress had determined that all measures, including diplomatic sanctions, Should be brought to bear on the government in order to ensure that it rescinds all its deplorable act of insensitivity.
“We believe that leaving the country by any official of the Lagos State Government or their relatives to seek Medical Treatment abroad while the mass of the people are being denied access to basic healthcare is criminal, and this must not be allowed,” it said in the letter.
Appealing to the diplomats to implement such a ban until the current situation in Lagos State is resolved and the rights of the teeming masses of the people to are restored, JAF stressed that public resources that Should have been made available to develop the health sector Should not be wasted. It called on the Lagos State Government to see to the speedy resolution of the avoidable impasse it has created by immediately and unconditionally recalling the doctors in its employment, re-affirming the Agreement it previously signed with the doctors, and proceeding to fully implement it.
“Our interest in this matter is to ensure that Government in our country at whatever levels Should be responsible to the people and our duty is to use all legitimate means to make Government alive to its responsibilities,” JAF emphasized.
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