Going, going…: Doctors’ association to embark on 3-day strike nationwide

by Rachel Ogbu

Photos: Premiumtimesng
Photos: Premiumtimesng

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has ordered its members nationwide to embark on a three-day warning strike from Wednesday after the Federal Government failed to meet its 21-day ultimatum.

According to NARD, the strike scheduled to begin tomorrow was to protest against the poor funding for training of its members by the Federal Government.

In a statement by the NARD national president,  Ismail Lawal on Monday in Abeokuta after the association’s National Executive Council meeting, all members across the country were directed to commence the warning strike as a form of protest against government attitude.

“NARD has directed her members to embark on a three-day warning strike commencing from Wednesday June 26, 2013 to show our dissatisfaction at the unbecoming attitude of the Federal Government to the issue of residency training funding and the failure to yield to our demand for the supplementary budget for the training,” the statement read.

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According to reports; Lawal, had about two weeks ago during a news conference at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu warned that the resident doctors across the country might embark on strike any moment after the 21-day ultimatum expired.

Lawal, who had expressed dismay at the inadequate funding of the residency training programme in the 2013 budget, had also said the union had given enough opportunity to the government to address the lapses.


Comments (3)

  1. Lawal am sure you are a medical drop out. You shd not hav failed your mbbs exams. You can still write jamb oo. Doctors deserve the best especially the residents cos they uphold teaching hosp and deir strike will ground activities in teaching hosp. Govt pls listen to them.

  2. Nhmmmmmmmmmmmmm, students have turned to masters. It is unimaginable that those on whom tax payers money are spent are turning around to put the payers of tax into ransom.
    The fact is most of the doctors on residency are not there because they want to acquire knowledge but principally because there’s no employments for them.
    Let government stop sponsorship you will hardly find any of these doctors going for residency.
    What do you expect from spoilt students who earns much more than their lecturers back in the University in the name of becoming non committed consultants even after the training. What do they do after, DIVERSION of patients (who’s money was spent to train them) to their private clinics to grease their insatiable quest for pecuniary appetite! !!!!!!
    Bloody pecuniary gluttons.

    1. Lawal go and study medicine.

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