Res­i­dent Doc­tors Give FG 21-day Ul­ti­ma­tum to Avert Na­tion­wide Strike


Res­i­dent doc­tors have is­sued a 21-day ul­ti­ma­tum to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to meet their de­mands, else they will em­bark on a na­tion­wide strike.

The de­ci­sion was made at the end of the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil meet­ing of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Res­i­dent Doc­tors (NARD) in Cal­abar, Cross River State.

In a com­mu­nique signed by its Pres­i­dent, Onye­bueze John; Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, Aneke Em­manuel, and Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary, Asi­nobi Ugoeze, the res­i­dent doc­tors urged the gov­ern­ment to ad­dress “the cir­cu­lar­i­sa­tion of house of­fi­cer en­try point de­spite var­i­ous col­lec­tive agree­ments on same. The plan of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to stag­nate the pro­mo­tion of res­i­dent doc­tors.

“The de­lay in pay­ment of salary short­falls experienced be­tween January and May 2017 as well as out­stand­ing short­falls from 2016.

“The cloud of poor work­ing con­di­tions and poor re­mu­ner­a­tions that our mem­bers in the state ter­tiary health in­sti­tu­tions have en­dured de­spite our ap­peals to rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers and hav­ing prof­fered vi­able so­lu­tions to the quag­mire.

“The re­cent at­tempts by of­fi­cial of some fed­eral gov­ern­ment paras­tatals to erode the proper place­ment for res­i­dent doc­tors on their ap­pro­pri­ate grade lev­els and steps which was noted with dis­may.

“The ac­tiv­i­ties of some past and cur­rent top of­fi­cials of the Min­istry of Health who are our life mem­bers which are viewed as in­im­i­cal to the wel­fare and progress of the as­so­ci­a­tion.”

The doc­tors, ac­cord­ing to the News Agency of Nige­ria ( NAN), also re­ferred the Min­is­ter of Health, Prof. Isaac Ade­wole, to the dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee of NARD for sanc­tion.

“That in view of the neg­a­tive ac­tions and stance of the fol­low­ing life mem­bers of our as­so­ci­a­tion on the afore­men­tioned is­sues, Ade­wole, Dr Wa­pada Balami, Prof. Onye­buchi Chukwu, are hereby re­ferred to NARD dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee for ad­ju­di­ca­tion and fur­ther ac­tion,” the com­mu­nique fur­ther read.

It stated: “In the light of the fore­go­ing, NARD gives the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment of Nige­ria 21 days to ad­dress th­ese is­sues in to­tally, fail­ing which NARD can­not con­tinue to guar­an­tee in­dus­trial har­mony.”

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