The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), has suspended its nationwide strike which started two months ago, precisely on August 2, 2021.
According to the President of NARD, Dr. Godiya Ishaya, on Monday, the two (2) months strike, was called off after an emergency meeting with the Association’s National Executive Council on Sunday.
Resident doctors are therefore, expected to report to their duty posts by 8am on Wednesday, October 6.
Recall that, the striking doctors, down tools, to protest, irregular payment of their salaries, inadequate allowances, and the government insensitivity to their overall welfare.
Despite the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari, members of the House of Representatives, and other eminent Nigerians, the striking doctors had refused to call off the strike until their demands are met. It is therefore, not so clear, if all the demands of the striking doctors have been met, before the Association’s NEC called for an end to the strike.
In a report by the Punch, Dr. Ishaya is quoted to have said, “We are suspending the strike for six (6) weeks to give room for movement in some of the items we noticed a stalemate… adding that, the Association has not agreed to forfeit salaries of the striking resident doctors, despite the Federal Government’s policy of ‘no work, no pay.’
Dr. Godiya Ishaya said, the Association’s leadership would meet again, after six (6) weeks, to deliberate on the next course of action.