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Resident doctors suspend propose nationwide strike

By News desk

After several minutes of discussion with Federal Government representatives, the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has shelved its plan to embark on an industrial action.

They suspended the industrial action after a thorough review of the progress made on their demands placed before the Federal Government.

The doctors had threatened to embark on a nationwide strike earlier this month over the inability of the government to address their demands.

They an upward review of the medical residency training fund, non-payment of outstanding arrears of the new hazard allowance, as well as the non-payment of the consequential adjustment of the minimum wage to some of its members.

This comes after the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the association in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, where it reviewed the progress on their demands.

However, at the end of the NEC meeting, the doctors commended the Federal Government for the timely release of the reviewed circular on the medical residency training fund.

The committee also hailed the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, for the other steps taken to upscale the welfare of its members

The doctors, however, asked that the Federal Government pay all other outstanding arrears owed its members, so as to boost their standard of living in the country.

They also appealed to the Nigeria Governors’ Forum to prevail on the governors of Abia, Ekiti, Imo, and Ondo states, who according to them, are still owing salaries of their members ranging from three months to 25 months.

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