Doctors postpone planned strike
The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) yesterday announced it had shifted its planned nationwide strike by two weeks.
National President of the association, Muhammad Askira, who made this disclosure in Kano yesterday, said the decision to shift the date of the strike from April 25 to May 9, was taken after the extraordinary meeting of the National Executive Council of the association held on April 26 in Sokoto.
According to Askira, the decision to shift the strike followed the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari during a meeting with leaders of the Nigeria Medical Association.
The NARD boss said the NEC decision followed the genuine efforts and commitment by the Minister of Health and his management team as well as the intervention of the National Assembly to ensure amicable resolution of the dispute.
“The NEC had also resolved to direct our branches in Osun, specifically LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Osogbo, to immediately suspend the seven month old strike. This is to enable the implementation of the agreement reached with the Government of Osun on April 15 in Osogbo.”
The president, however, urged the Federal Government to ensure that all their demands were met as agreed during the negotiation meeting on April 11 to avoid industrial action.
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