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Why Resident Doctors Took The Strike Option

Strike Starts On Monday

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By Ayodele Oluwafemi

Resident doctors across the nation will embark on strike action with effect on Monday, September 7th, 2020 following the failure of the Federal Government to meet its demands.

Dr. Aliyu Sokomba, President of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), in a statement, said Federal Government failed to fulfill the agreement reached with it on August 17.

Dr. Sokomba noted that the 21-day ultimatum given to FG expired without as much as a response from the authorities.

He said,  “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.

“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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