Doctors in Kwara State have extended, by eight weeks, the deadline for action on their threat to embark on an indefinite strike.

The doctors, under the aegis of the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP), had earlier served the State Government a 21- day ultimatum for an improvement in their remuneration and welfare packages or risk industrial action.

The 21- day ultimatum expired on Monday.

The Association’s chairman Saka Agboola, addressing reporters in Ilorin, the state capital, hailed the state government for embracing negotiation.

He said, “Our decision to extend the ultimatum by eight weeks is borne out of empathy for the general public. We do not want to cause more harm to our people. Also government has shown commitment and serious concern to some our demands. That is why we decided not to put too much burden on our people.

“That is why we have reconsidered our decision and we are hopeful through the ongoing negotiations that good things are coming out of the deliberations.

“This government has invested so much on health in terms of renovation of dilapidated infrastructure, building of new ones and supply of modern equipment. We believe with all these structures, if the drivers of the structures especially are not well remunerated and well-motivated, they may be tempted to migrate to other states.

“We feel that remunerations of the doctors are better packaged; more doctors will be motivated and ready to state in the state government employ to deliver their services effectively.

“This is based on the good gesture we have received from the State Government and for the fact that we know that the government does not make unfulfilled promises and we believe that our own case will not be different.

“By November 1st, congress will reconvene and deliberations about what must have transpired will be discussed and reviewed. After then our next line of action will be communicated to the public. We are still opened to negotiations and other deliberations till then. We want to assure the general public that we are committed rendering our services diligently without bias.”

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