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Resident doctors slam FG for saying five-day warning strike illegal

By James Agberebi
17 May 2023   |   4:10 pm
The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has tackled the Federal Government for labelling its five-day warning strike as illegal. Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, NARD National President, Emeka Orji, challenged the Federal Government to point out the part of the law that makes the strike illegal. A two-week…

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige. Photo: FMIC

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has tackled the Federal Government for labelling its five-day warning strike as illegal.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, NARD National President, Emeka Orji, challenged the Federal Government to point out the part of the law that makes the strike illegal.

A two-week ultimatum was issued to the government by NARD on April 29, 2023, to begin the implementation of all pending agreements or the doctors will embark on a nationwide strike.

The strike started at 8:00 am on Wednesday, May 17, to end on Monday, May 22.

A day before the warning strike, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, advised the doctors to avail themselves of the opportunity for social dialogue with their employer, rather than embark on a warning strike which is unknown to the law.

However, Orji posited that there is no law that makes a warning strike illegal.

“I believe that there is no law that says that a warning strike is illegal. If they say a warning strike is illegal, let them prove it to us. We want to see the part of the law that says that a warning strike is illegal.”

Orji said that the NARD had satisfied all the provisions before embarking on a strike.

He added that the National Executive Council (NEC) has given the association the green light to go on the warning strike.

Speaking further, Orji pointed out that if NARD is called to discuss and address these issues, it is believed many of them can be addressed in a matter of days and there won’t be a need for all the crises in the health sector.

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