The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has on Monday, September 4, issued a directive for its members across the country to commence an indefinite strike to press home their demand of payment of salary arrears of its members both in federal and state health institutions and the upgrading of their members due for promotion.
The directive was reportedly signed and issued in Abuja yesterday NARD’s president and secretary-general, Dr. Onyebueze John and Dr. Emmanuel Aneke respectively.
The association in its determination not to engage in any ‘business as usual’ rejected the terms of settlement presented by the government.
The President of NARD University College Hospital, Ibadan, Olusegun Olaopa, in a public statement said –
“We resolve to proceed on the proposed national, total and indefinite strike action with effect from 8a.m Monday, September 4, 2017.
The association resolved to take this action after its national executive council meeting which ended in the early hours of Monday in Abuja.
In July, NARD issued a warning to the government that it would embark on an indefinite strike if its demands were not met.
Neither the federal nor state governments has shown commitment to the resolution of issues at stake nor honoured previous agreements.
Consequent upon this, the association resolved to proceed on a total indefinite industrial action from Monday, September 4, 2017, until all these issues are permanently resolved.
Recall that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is currently on strike over the failure of the government to meet its demands, which include the payment of the earned allowances of its members and the need for proper funding of the education sector.
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