The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) will embark on a nationwide strike from Thursday, its leaders have said.
In a statement jointly signed by Resident doctors president, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi; its Secretary-General, Dr Jerry Isogun, and its Publicity/Social Secretary, Dr Dotun Osikoya, the union said the industrial action would be total and indefinite, should the Federal Government fail to meet its demands.
It explained that the decision to go on strike was taken at the extraordinary National Executive Council of the union meeting held on Saturday, March 27 at the Trauma Center in National Hospital Abuja to deliberate on burning issues affecting Residency Training, Healthcare Delivery and the Welfare of her members across the country.
During the meeting attended by over 50 chapters of the association across the country, the doctors reviewed the earlier ultimatum given to the government.
The NEC observed that her earlier ultimatum given to the Federal Government during the January 2021 NEC meeting in Owerri will expire by 12 midnight of March 31 with no significant achievement.
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In their resolutions, the doctors called for the immediate payment of all salaries owed to all house officers, including March salaries before the end of March 31.
They also asked the government to commence the immediate payment of all salary arrears, including March salaries to their members in all Federal and state tertiary health institutions.
The union resolved to call for the upward review of the current hazard allowance to 50 per cent of consolidated basic salaries of all health workers, as well as the payment of the outstanding COVID-19 inducement allowance.
They also sought the immediate abolishment of the exorbitant bench fees being paid by their members on outside postings in all training Institutions.
The NEC reiterated her commitment to the smooth running of all tertiary institutions in the country and the provision of specialist healthcare to Nigerians but urged the Federal Government to urgently meet their demands in order to avert the avoidable industrial action.