Doctors issue two-week strike ultimatum

Doctors issue two-week strike ultimatum

The Federal Government has been given two weeks by the National Association of Resident Doctors to implement agreements pertaining to their welfare or risk industrial unrest.

This ultimatum was issued by the doctors on Saturday, July 30, 2022.

It came after their National Executive Council meeting in Lafia, Nasarawa.

The doctors stated they will meet again in two weeks to examine the advancement made thus far; in relation to their requests in a communique signed by Dr. Dare Godiya Ishaya, president of NARD.

Take further acts for which national industrial harmony may not be assured,” they promised.

The doctors are asking the Federal Government to expedite action on the payment of the newly reviewed Medical Residency Training Fund (MRTF) so its members can meet up with the closing date of examination registration as advertised by the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN).

They are also demanding the immediate implementation and payment of the new Hazard Allowance; as well as arrears as contained in the circular from the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC).

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Other demands include the payment of the skipping arrears for 2014, 2015 and 2016 to deserving members; immediate payment of consequential adjustment of minimum wage to its members; particularly those who have not benefitted since it was implemented several years ago.

The doctors are demanding an immediate review of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS); as well as other related allowances given the current economic situation in the country; in line with the agreed terms from the previous Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that it will be reviewed regularly.

Meanwhile, the Police Command in Lagos State on Saturday, July 30, said no INEC official was arrested on Friday in connection with the ongoing Continuous Voter’s Registration (CVR) exercise in the state.

The command’s spokesman, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed this to newsmen on Saturday; while reacting to the incident involving the INEC officers.

Some online media on Friday reported that thugs invaded INEC CVR centre situated at St. Bridget Catholic Church, ljesha, in Surulere, and catered away INEC enrollment machines.

Hundeyin, however, said that Police got information about the presence of some INEC officials in a church, stressing that the DPO, police division in Ijeshatedo, swung into action and brought the INEC officials and materials to the station.

He said the DPO decided to bring the officials and others around to the station, because the church was not conducive for such investigation, to avoid break down of law and order.

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