Doctors reject FG’s 25% allowance increase, insist strike will go on

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The Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has has insisted that its nationwide strike will continue until the federal government meets their demands.

NARD President, Dr Emeka Oji, who spoke during a press conference in Lagos State on Saturday said, “until reasonable progress is made by the government to address our demands as contained in the ultimatum issued to the Federal Government on the 15th of July, 2023”.

While reeling out the demands, Oji stated that it was the appeal of the National Executive Committee (NEC) that the federal and state governments urgently resolve the demands “to forestall the further escalation of the ongoing industrial disharmony in the health sector nationwide”.

NARD represents around 15,000 resident doctors out of a total of more than 40,000 doctors in the country. But the union seems to be alone in the struggle as its parent body, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) is not on strike.

“We’re still engaging NMA and we’ll continue to engage the Nigerian Medical Association,” Oji said.

“We also call on our members in the states – that was part of our resolution – that members in the states should also engage their state officers committee of the Nigerian Medical Association because we believe that it would be difficult for NARD to do this in isolation.

“And so, we continue to engage NMA on these issues.”

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