April 15, 2024

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Tuesday night announced that there will be an indefinite nationwide strike.

The strike was declared during the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the association in Lagos.

President of the association, Dr Orji Emeka Innocent, said the strike will commence at 12 midnight on Tuesday.

According to Innocent, the major demands of the association are: immediate payment of the 2023 Medical Residency Training Fund (MRTF) , immediate release of the circular on one-for-one replacement, payment of skipping arrears and upward review of Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) in line with full salary restoration of the 2014 agreement.

In a communique issued after its virtual extraordinary NEC meeting, the doctors decried government‘s slow response to its demands despite giving it several ultimatums and embarking on a five day warning strike from  May 17th to 21st this year.

“The resolutions of the conciliatory meeting chaired by the then honourable minister of labour and employment were yet  to be implemented, seven weeks after, despite the set time lines for their implementation.”

Others are payment of the arrears of consequential adjustment of minimum to the omitted doctors, reversal of the downgrading of the membership certificate by Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), payment of MRTF, new hazard allowance, skipping and implementation of corrected CONMESS in state tertiary health institutions and payment of omitted hazard allowance arrears.

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