The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, has urged locals where working conditions have not improved to continue union work in their respective states.
The NARD has decided in its National Executive Council, NEC, to suspend the current nationwide strike indefinitely, starting today, Friday, September 11, 2020, at 8:AM
Sokomba Aliyu, Bilqis Muhammad and Egbogu Stanley, respectively President, Secretary General and Secretary for Advertising/Social Services, thanked the Nigerians in a statement at the end of their virtual National Executive Council for standing by them during the period of industrial disagreement.
The NEC took note of the commitment of the government led by President Muhammadu Buhari to take out group life insurance, but appreciated the inclusion of the 2020 specialist training program in the revised 2020 budget and the promise of the federal government to make payment within two weeks.
The NEC noted with satisfaction that the government has approved the release of Naira 8.9 billion to offset the remaining balance of the COVID 19 risk incentive grant for all health care workers for the months of April/May and June.
The statement states: “The NEC has noted the government’s decision to establish the revised risk allocation as soon as possible.
It also noted that the remaining wage differentials for 2014, 2015, 2016 have not been paid out to its members.
It observed the critical situation of its members in the state-run tertiary hospitals, such as the non-application of the law on the training of specialists at the state level, the non-application of an appropriate salary structure and the non-payment of due salaries.