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NARD Threatens Nationwide Industrial Action

Due to several unresolved difficulties, the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), has issued a warning that there would soon be an industrial strike across the country.

According to NARD, the unaddressed issues are threatening the peace and harmony of the healthcare sector.

NARD thanked the government for trying to address some of the concerns earlier raised, in a statement by its president, Emeka Innocent Orji, but urged that focus be turned to other unresolved issues.

In a statement addressed to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha; and the Department of State Services, DSS, NARD attempted to draw attention back to pending concerns.

The statement reads: “We sincerely appreciate the efforts of the government through its ministries, departments, and agencies in resolving some of the issues raised.”

“However, many of them remain largely unresolved and have now become sources of serious nationwide agitation threatening industrial peace and harmony in the health sector.”

“Sir, our January 2023 National Executive Council meeting has been scheduled for January 24th to 28th 2023, and we can confirm very clearly that if these issues are not sorted out before that meeting, our members will likely give us a mandate to immediately kick-start processes that will lead to a nationwide industrial disharmony in the health sector.”

“Sir, we know how critical this period is and the chaos that will ensue if the government does not take steps to prevent this from happening, and so we humbly implore you to use your good offices to resolve these issues before our January NEC meeting.”

“Sir, we trust in your fatherly disposition and believe that you will come to our aid and save this nation from this imminent industrial disharmony.”

NARD listed other unsolved issues to include the Omitted 2020 MRTF payment, irregularities in the new MRTF circular inconsistent with the Medical Residency Training Act, existing Collective Bargaining Agreements and current economic realities, and the review of CONMESS salary Structures


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