Lagos Sends Striking Doctors Packing From Official Quaters
The Lagos State Government has reportedly ordered the sacked 'striking' doctors to immediately vacate their official quarters.
The eviction notice dated May 8, 2012, signed by the Secretary of the Staff Housing Board on behalf of the Head of Service, Mr I.A Shoyemi, directed the doctors to vacate their official residence with immediate effect.
The doctors said they received the notice on Thursday.
The letter stated, “Consequent upon your dismissal from the service of the Lagos State Government with effect from May 4, 2012 and in accordance with the civil service rule, “No officer shall continue to occupy state government quarters after the date on which his resignation or dismissal takes effect.
“I wish to request you to vacate the state government staff quarters.
“In view of the above, you are hereby requested to submit the keys to the quarters to the Secretary of Staff Housing Board.”
The affected doctors had been given until Friday (today) morning to vacate the staff quarters.
Reacting to the development, the first Vice-Chairman of the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Johnson Emene condemned the government; saying according to the State Tenancy Law, tenants should be given six months notice prior to eviction.
He added that the NMA had begun negotiations with the government to find a solution to the crisis in the state.
“We have told the doctors not to panic. Within the next 13 hours and after the meeting with Governor Fashola, we are going to know the next step to take.“Nobody will evict the doctors between now and tomorrow,” he said.
Can't dialogue be employed in this case?
As the popular saying goes, when two elephants fight, the grass suffers. The victims here are the hapless and helpless patients left 'stranded' on the wards not to talk of the many 'emergency' cases that would have lost their lives on account of this needless action.
While not taking sides here, the doctors have their reasons for embarking on the action and the Lagos State Government too has it's reasons for not wanting to dance to their 'whims'; but I daresay both sides would have done better to dialogue and put an end to the crisis before it got to this level.
This is definitely one strike action too many.