The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have today commenced an indefinite strike despite holding a meeting and reportedly signing an agreement with the federal government yesterday.
Earlier reports had suggested that an agreement was signed after a 7-hour meeting between the Government and the leadership of NARD at the office of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.
Issues raised by the aggrieved doctors in their Notice of Trade Dispute including the non-payment of salaries of some house officers, non-recruitment of house officers, abolishment of the bench fees for doctors undergoing training in other hospitals, non-payment of National Minimum Wage and hazard allowances were discussed at the meeting.
Addressing newsmen after the meeting, Ngige stated that all the things written in the MOA will be implemented. He also disclosed that a timeline have been put on them, and they are going to reconvene in one month’s time to look at the assignments given, to know who performed and who has not performed.
However President of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi told Premium Times that they have commenced the strike and also evaluating federal government’s offer.
“We commence strike 8 a.m. today while we are still trying to evaluate the federal government’s offer.”