Doctors under the aegis of National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) have postponed their proposed indefinite strike action which was scheduled to commence today, Thursday, June 9.
The resident doctors suspended the strike for one week in order to allow the House of Representatives intervene between them and the executive.
This decision was made following a meeting between the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara and the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria, NARD.
Members of the association had planned to embark on an indefinite strike following non-payment of their salaries and other entitlements for several months.
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Hon. Yakubu Dogara convened and presided over the meeting between the association’s executive members, the Speaker and chairmen of relevant House Committees in his office.
Dogara asked the doctors for a week for the House to meet with the Minister of Health and fashion out ways to meet the demands of the resident doctors and address lingering grievances.
He further appealed to the association to understand that the country is presently going through financial challenges, adding that democracy is about the well-being of the citizens.
Hon. Dogara acknowledged that irrespective of their religious faiths, even the Holy Bible stated that a labourer should be paid his wages even before his sweat dries.
The Speaker said he was willing to meet with with the chairmen of committees, some members of the relevant committees, the resident doctors and members of the ministry, so that these issues will be better understood and clarified.
He said they will attempt to address these issues together and if it doesn’t work, the resident doctors can’t be stopped from venting their anger and expressing their grievances.
Dogara therefore appealed to the doctors to give them till next week when hopefully, they will be able to invite them, sit down together and iron out the issues.