Resident Doctors Set To Embark On Nationwide Strike On Monday

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The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has declared that it would plunge into an indefinite strike on Monday.

In an official publication jointly signed by Aliyu Sokomba, Bilqis Mohammad and Egbogu Stanley, its president, secretary, and publicity secretary respectively, the association said the decision was taken following its national executive council meeting held to evaluate the 21-day ultimatum given to the federal government.

Part of association request include the implementation of residency funding, COVID-19 allowance, payment of hazard allowance and the outstanding salary shortfall of 2014, 2015, and 2016.

NARD stated that regardless of  the inclusion of residency funding in the revised 2020 budget, the federal government has not made plans to execute the payment after number of promises.

“NEC resolved to proceed on indefinite nationwide strike action from Monday 7th of September 2020 by 8:00am until the following conditions are met; immediate payment of the Medical Residency Training funding to all her members as approved in the revised 2020 budget; provision of genuine Group life insurance and death in service benefits for all health workers,” it said.

“Payment of the outstanding April/May and June COVID-19 inducement allowance to all health workers; determination of the revised hazard allowance for all health workers as agreed in previous meetings with relevant stakeholders; immediate payment of the salary shortfalls of 2014, 2015 and 2016.

“Doctors working under the various tertiary health institutions to be placed on appropriate salary grade level and universal implementation of the Medical Residency Training Act of 2017 in all state tertiary health institutions; payment of all arrears owed our members in Federal and states tertiary health institutions, arising from the consequential adjustment of the National minimum wage.”

The association had started a nationwide strike on June 15, but it suspended the action June 22 following the intervention of the federal government and stakeholders in the health sector.

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