The National Executive Committee, NEC, of the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, early on Monday voted for a total and indefinite strike as they rebuffed recent attempt by the federal government to persuade them into suspending the industrial action.
The resident doctors are embarking on a nationwide strike as a result of government’s failure to pay salary shortfall of 2016 and January to May 2017 and failure to rectify the salary shortfall from August 2017, as well as inability to circularize House Officers’ entry point, among others.
A text message from the NARD President, Dr. Onyebueze John, read,
“Rising from our NEC meeting, which started by 7pm yesterday and ended 3am today, NARD has resolved to reject the promissory offer from Government, and proceed on total and indefinite strike action until all items in her demand list for strike action are resolved by Government.”
NARD had at the weekend dispelled rumours that it had suspended the planned strike after a meeting with the Federal Government, where a Memorandum of Settlement was reached, pending the outcome of the NEC meeting.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and his Labour and Employment counterpart, Senator Chris Ngige, had met with the resident doctors till the wee hours of Saturday.
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