By; VICTOR DAZANG, Kaduna
National Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) has warned the Federal Government not to privatise health Institutions due to its importance to Nigerians.
The National President of the Union, Comrade Biobelemoye Joy Josiah gave the warning during the North West Zonal meeting of the union held at the Comrade Silas Adamu Kaduna Health Workers Union Lodge, Barnawa, Kaduna.
Represented by the Deputy National President, Comrade Kabiru Ado Minjibir, the President Biobelemoye Joy Josiah lamented that privatising the health institutions would affect the accessible for the health facilities to the common man.
In his remarks, the National Vice President North West Zone, Comrade Hussaini Hamisu explained that the aim of the meeting is to deliberate collectively on the challenges affecting the zone and how to address them.
He lamented that the zone is bedeviled with various challenges such as kidnapping, armed banditry, cattle rustling and serious economic hardship and called on the governments to address them.
In his welcome address, Chairman of Health Workers Union of Nigeria Kaduna State Council, Comrade Ayuba Magaji Suleman said his council has successfully secured more than three hundred and fifty housing estates to their members through Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria.
He said the union also obtained four hundred and fifty seven million Naira through Cooperative Housing Development Loan from Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria to build housing units for its members.
Comrade Ayuba Magaji Suleiman said the union distributed three thousand units of home solar power machines as loans to its members.
He said some of the challenges of the union include the payment of irregular minimum salaries as minimum wage without consequential adjustment at the local government level and battered industrial relationship with the state government which is a general concern to all trade unions in the state.
All the states in the zone had their representatives at the meeting.