NARD issues fresh ultimatum to FG over lingering industrial action

NARD issues fresh ultimatum to FG over lingering industrial action

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has stated that the current strike action persists until the Federal Government attends to all its demands.

This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of its 41st Annual General Meeting held in Bauchi State on Saturday, September 24, and jointly signed by the NARD President, Dr Okhuaihesuyi Uyilawa, and Secretary-General, Jerry Isogun.

According to the NARD, the FG must pay its members being owed Medical Residency Training Fund and salary arrears; and also withdraw the lawsuit filed against doctors before the National Industrial Court in the interest of peace.

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The resident doctors expressed their displeasure at the Federal Government’s continued failure to accede to their demands; as well as restated their resolve to continue with the indefinite strike; which began on August 2, 2021, until their minimum demands are met.

The communique from NARD partly reads, “Payment of the Medical Residency Training within 72 hours; since the money meant for it is available and verification of the list for payment has been completed.

“Payment of the arrears of salaries of our members on GIFMIS platform within 72 hours; while the migration process continues.

“Withdrawal of the case against us in court in the interest of peace; and payment of our withheld August and September salaries.’’

Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Health, Olorunmimbe Mamora, confirmed that the Federal Government would re-invite NARD to the negotiation table.

Mamora said, “The court has given a ruling and they (resident doctors) still insist on not going back to work. That is not a fair situation. Though they have indicated that they want to appeal; which is not wrong, but at what cost?

“Engagement is still on and we will still invite them. All we can do is to continue appealing that a strike during this period; of a global pandemic and outbreaks of cholera and other diseases is not right.”

 

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