by Rachel Ogbu
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.
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.