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Resident doctors set to embark on nationwide strike



The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, has threatened to embark on another nationwide strike starting from the 7th of September, 2020.

The association in a statement signed by the President, Dr. Aliyu Sokomba, Secretary, Dr. Bilqis Mohammad, and the Publicity Secretary, Dr. Egbogu Stanley, disclosed that the strike will begin after the 21-day ultimatum given to the Federal Government elapsed on August 17..

According to the Association, the Federal Government is yet to implement the residency funding, coronavirus allowance, hazard allowance, and also outstanding salary shortfall of 2014, 2015, and 2016.

The statement read “NEC resolved to embark on an indefinite nationwide strike from Monday 7th of September 2020 by 8:00 am until the following the Federal government meets the conditions given to it by the union.

”We demand immediate payment of the Medical Residency Training funding to all her members as approved in the revised 2020 budget, provision of genuine group life assurance, and also death in service benefits for all health workers.

”We also demand that the government Pays outstanding April/May and June COVID-19 inducement allowance to all health workers, determination of the revised hazard allowance for all health workers as agreed in previous meetings with relevant stakeholders.

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”Also, immediate payment of the salary shortfalls of 2014, 2015 and 2016 should be implemented.

“Doctors working under the various tertiary health institutions should be placed on appropriate salary grade.

”Lastly, the Universal implementation of the Medical Residency Training Act of 2017 in all state tertiary health institutions, payment of all arrears owed our members in Federal and states tertiary health institutions, arising from the consequential adjustment of the national minimum wage should be implemented as well.”

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