In support of their colleague Dr. Asema Msuega, who was abducted on July 23rd, doctors in Benue State will go on a three-day warning strike starting on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2023.
A Primary Health Center in the Ukum Local Government Area in Benue state was his intended destination to oversee a state malaria initiative when he was kidnapped.
At a meeting of the Nigerian Medical Association’s Benue State branch’s Executive Council (SEC) on Friday, the doctors reached their conclusion.
The doctors have announced a strike from midnight on Tuesday, August 22, 2023, to eight in the morning on Friday, August 25, 2023. The statement was signed by the chairman, Dr. Anenga, and the secretary, Dr. Godwin Ameh.
The announcement explained that “the strike will encompass all medical doctors and extend to all health and educational facilities across the State.”
Because of sympathy and consideration for the public’s predicament, private hospitals and clinics around the State will remain open during the strike.
However, till further notice, all medical doctors in Ukum Local Government are ordered to depart immediately.
On Thursday, August 24, 2023, there will be a large-scale protest in addition to the strike to raise our collective voice and call for Dr. Asema’s immediate release.
At 9 a.m., protesters will gather at the government house roundabout, where they will march directly to the government building. Unless he is released before the strike begins, these and the other measures will go into effect without fail.
They asked the governor of Benue state, Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Alia, the tor of the Tiv, Orchiviligli Prof. James Ayatse, the senator for Benue’s North-East senatorial zone, Barr. Emmanuel Udende, the representative for Katsina-Ala/Ukum/Logo in the federal legislature, Hon. Solomon Wombo, the representative for Ukum in the House of Assembly, Hon. Ez