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Resident Doctors To Commence Nationwide Strike Monday

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) says its members will begin a nationwide strike from Monday, September 7, 2020.

The doctors had on June 15 embarked on an indefinite strike but the action was suspended on June 22 after the intervention of the Federal Government and other stakeholders in the health sector.

In a statement issued and signed by NARD’s President, Dr Aliyu Sokomba; Secretary, Dr Bilqis Mohammad; and Publicity Secretary, Dr Egbogu Stanley, on Friday, the association said another strike would commence after expiration of the 21-day ultimatum issued to the Federal Government on August 17.

The doctors are demanding the implementation of residency funding, COVID-19 inducement allowance, hazard allowance as well as the outstanding salary shortfalls of 2014, 2015, and 2016.

“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,” the statement 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.”

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