April 17, 2024 12:41 pm





Abbas Takes Action: Forms Representatives Committee for Crucial Talks with Tinubu, addressing Impending Resident Doctors’ Strike

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, seeks to prevent an upcoming strike by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) by meeting with President Bola Tinubu.

In a closed-door meeting with NARD’s national leadership in Abuja, Abbas also established an ad hoc committee to engage all stakeholders and address the issues at hand.

Abbas appealed to the resident doctors to grant the house leadership a two-week window to find solutions to their demands.

NARD previously issued a two-week ultimatum to the Federal Government, demanding the implementation of their requests. These requests include the recruitment of more clinical staff in hospitals, immediate infrastructural development, a minimum allocation of 15 percent of the budget to healthcare, and the prompt payment of the 2023 medical residency training fund, among other demands.

The residents doctors’ warning of an industrial action followed an assessment of the government’s implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on May 19, 2023. The MoU was agreed upon after a five-day warning strike conducted by the Association on May 17, 2023.

The doctors, represented by NARD President Orji Innocent, Secretary General Chikezie Kelechi, and Publicity and Social Secretary Umar Musa, jointly called on the government to address outstanding arrears, including hazard allowances, skipping arrears from 2014 to 2016, and arrears related to minimum wage.

The doctors argue that the government has no justifiable reason for failing to fulfill their financial obligations, including arrears and allowances.

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