Research activities not affected by JOHESU strike, says NIMR
THE Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) has come out to clarify that the ongoing nationwide strike embarked on by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has not affected research activities in the institute.
In a statement made available to The Guardian on Tuesday by NIMR information officer, Mr. O. Chikwudi, in reaction to a story published by The Guardian on the effects of the strike in the institution recently, NIMR stated that the research staff of the institute were not on strike.
The statement read: “We wish to refer to your publication in The Guardian Newspaper of Saturday January 10, page 50 in which your correspondent published a report which stated that JOHESU strikes grounded research activities in the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the institute wishes to inform the public that research fellows in the institute are members of Academic Staff Union of Research Institutes (ASURI) and are not research members of JOHESU. Consequently they are not on strike and research activities are going on in the institute uninterrupted.
“Nigerian Institute of Medical Research as a foremost medical research institute in the country is carrying out its mandate fully and,therefore, there are no disruptions of services. A very clear example that there are ongoing activities in the institute is the ART-Out Patient clinic among others which is fully operational and all other research programmes are also being carried out efficiently and effectively.”