The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have revealed the real reason for suspending the two-month-old strike.
Our impeccable news correspondents learned from Vanguard about the real reason for the suspension. Efforts from the federal and state governments led to the end of the industrial strike.
The strike commenced in the first week of August in 2021 and the end was announced on October 4. However, after the deliberation, Doctors will resume on Wednesday, October 6.
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The NARD President Dr Dare Godiya Ishaya revealed this development to newsmen in a press briefing on Monday.
Dr Ishaya and the Secretary-General of the association Dr Suleiman Ismail urged the government to fulfil the group’s demand. They made this known at a media briefing on Monday in Abuja.
They tasked the government to ensure the payment of the ongoing 2021 MRTF. The doctors insisted that they ensure that the provision for 2022 was adequately captured in the 2022 budget.
Among their demands to the government was to begin the process of withdrawing the court case against NARD. They requested that the government proceed with the payment of salary arrears of its members that recently migrated from the GIFMIS platform to the IPPIS.
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The NARD group also urged the government to implement the decisions reached in the MoU. They threatened to take another emergency action should the government fail to meet their agreement.
The group said, “After critical appraisal of the performances of both federal and state governments on all the issues that led to the ongoing strike as stated above. Progress was made in implementing previous agreements reached with the federal government. The interventions of;
I. President Buhari. II. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. III. Minister of Health. IV. Registrar Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN). V. Chairman of House Representatives Committee on Healthcare Services and his deputy. VI. President of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA). VII. Well-meaning Nigerians. Government’s show of goodwill to return to the negotiating table. NEC resolved by the votes of a simple majority, to suspend the total and indefinite strike embarked upon on August 2nd, 2021.
“Therefore, our members will resume full work on Wednesday, October 6 by 8 am,” the organisation’s communique at the NEC meeting concluded.
NARD President confirmed that the Government had started payment of medical training allowance in 20 centres across Nigeria.
NEC commended the level of resolutions of issues involving MDCN House officers.
“NEC noted that migration of members from the GIFMIS to the IPPIS platform has commenced and almost been completed.”
“NEC commended the federal government’s willingness to withdraw the case against NARD at the National Industrial Court of Nigeria and return to negotiation table in the interest of peace in the health sector,” the communique concluded.
The communiqué was jointly signed by Ishaya, NARD Secretary General, Dr. Abiodun Ismail, and Publicity/Social Secretary, Dr. Alifa Yusuf, Vanguard reported.