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Doctors To Embark On Indefinite Nationwide Strike Monday

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The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has announced it will embark on a nationwide indefinite strike on Monday September 7.

This was made known in a statement jointly signed by Aliyu Sokomba, Bilqis Mohammad and Egbogu Stanley, its president, secretary, and publicity secretary respectively.

According to the statement, the National Executive Council of the association, after its meeting held, resolved to embark on the industrial action over the government’s non-implementation of residency funding, COVID-19 allowance, payment of hazard allowance and the outstanding salary shortfall 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 reads.

“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 doctors had on June 15 but suspended it on June 22 after the intervention of the federal government and stakeholders in the health sector.

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