Resident Doctors under the aegis of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) yesterday announced it has shifted its planned nationwide strike by two weeks.
While addressing a news conference in Kano on Sunday, National President of the association, Dr. Muhammad Askira, said the decision to shift the date of the strike was taken after the extraordinary meeting of the National Executive Council of the association held on April 26 in Sokoto.
The strike that was to commence on April 25 will now begin on May 9, he disclosed, adding that after deliberations on the progress made so far, the NEC decided to shift the nationwide strike by two weeks.
Following the prompt intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari during a meeting with NMA National leadership as contained in a statement released by his SSA on media, the doctors decided to postpone the strike.
According to Askira, the NEC decision was reached because of the genuine efforts and commitment by the Minister of Health and his management team as well as the intervention of the National Assembly to ensure amicable resolution of the dispute.
NEC had also resolved to direct its branches in Osun, specifically LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Osogbo, to immediately suspend the seven month old strike in order to enable the implementation of the agreement reached with the Government of Osun on April 15 in Osogbo.
The national president,however, urged the Federal Government to ensure that all their demands were met as agreed during the negotiation meeting on April 11 to avoid industrial action.
The association hopes that Government will meet its demands before the expiration of the deadline so that the strike will be averted in the interest of the Country.
Recall that earlier last month, President Muhammadu Buhari at a meeting with the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) urged the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to shelve its plan to embark on strike and give the federal government more time to address the grievances of doctors.
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President Buhari gave the doctors an assurance that no agreements duly entered into by the federal government would be dishonoured by his administration. He called for greater understanding and support from doctors and all Nigerians in view of the present shortfall in national revenue brought about by the decline in crude oil prices.