September 17, 1984
The ongoing stay-away action of doctors escalated on this day. Federal officials and representatives of doctors and major hospitals throughout the country held series of meetings in Lagos on this day to avert disaster. Executives of the Nigerian Medical Association met in Ikeja to deliberate on the previous day’s events, and prepare for their coming meeting with the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) of the Ministries of Labour and Health. At about the same time, officials of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) met with members of the Inter-Ministerial Committee. The meeting was followed by another one held by IMC with medical directors of teaching and specialist hospitals.
Exasperated minister of labour, Brigadier S. K. Omojokun and his colleague who had just taken charge of the ministry of health, Group Captain Samson Omeruah were already tired and seemed not to be prepared to continue holding any more meeting, but just at the same time, the president of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr. E. Thompson Akpabio appeared for another round of meeting. He was accompanied by three other officials including the association’s First Vice-President, Dr. BekoRansome-Kuti.