Resident doctors begin 5-day warning strike today



THE National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) has said it will embark on a five-day warning strike from today.
President of the association, Dr Muhammad Askira, disclosed this at a news conference on Tuesday, in Abuja.
Askira explained that the decision was part of resolutions reached by the association at its extraordinary executive council meeting held on May 8.
He said government was yet to meet their demands as promised.
Askira said the demands by the association included remuneration and residency training programmes, adding that some members in some states were yet to be paid their salaries.
He said doctors in Federal Teaching Hospitals were among those whose salaries were yet to be paid.
Askira noted that the strike, which would begin at 8.00 a.m. on May 11, would end on May 15, while all it members were expected to resume work on May 16 at 8.00 a.m.
He said the decision was to push home their demands for implementation on one hand and also to enable government enough time to expedite action in areas not adequately addressed.
“These are issues that have been lingering for years, we gave them 21-day ultimatum and extended the ultimatum by another 14 days, and we gave them another two more days before the warning strike,” he said.
He said that the association decided to shelve the indefinite strike because of the respect it had for President Muhammadu Buhari and some National Assembly members who had intervened.
Askira said the association would embark on an indefinite strike after the five-day warning strike, if government failed to redeem its pledge.



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