Resident doctors to evaluate FG’s offer tomorrow

The leadership of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) says it will meet on Tuesday to evaluate the response of the Federal Government to its demands.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the federal government in a meeting with the leadership of NARD which held on Sept. 6, agreed to pay the arrears of salaries latest by Sept. 8.

Highlights:

  • A member of the National Executive Council of NARD, Dr Arikawe Adeolu, said in Abuja on Monday that the meeting would allow the leadership appraise the events since its meeting with the government – to determine whether the nationwide indefinite strike would be called off or not.
  • The appraisal was necessary as more than 90 per cent of members were yet to receive their arrears as at 3 p.m on September 11.

Key excerpts:

“We were supposed to hold a meeting on September 8 but, it didn’t hold because the essence of the meeting was defeated.

“We thought that government would have paid by then but we got nothing so the meeting has been postponed to September 12; it will be a closed door meeting to carry out an appraisal of events so far.

“The federal government claims that money has been paid to the hospitals so we need to confirm from members across the country is they have received their salary arrears.

“Money is not usually paid directly to doctors; it is sent to the hospitals so what we are trying to do now is to verify whether the money has come into the hospitals for onward payment.

Reference:

  • September 4 – Resident doctors began a total and indefinite strike.
  • September 7 – Labour Minister, Ngige says money has been disbursed to pay the striking doctors. After meeting with the FG. However, the doctors refused to call off the strike.

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