National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) is set to embark on another strike by March 31, 2021.
Newsrand recalls that NARD had embarked on a strike in June and September 2020 over unpaid allowances and poor working conditions.
According to a memo signed today by the President of NARD, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi and Secretary-General, Dr Jerry Isogun urged doctors to get themselves prepared or an indefinite strike.
The memo with reference number, NARD/SG/2020-2021/180321/376 read in part, “Recall that at our last ENEC, it was resolved that a two-week timeline for the government to expedite actions on issues brought to it. You would also recall that the January NEC gave an ultimatum that will elapse on March 31, 2021, for all pending issues to be addressed.
“In the light of the above, we ask that all members should be sensitised and encouraged to prepare to prepare mentally, socially and financially for a strike action that will commence on March 31 indefinitely.”
The NARD President further told The Punch that the Chairman, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, Prof. Abba Hassan, had withheld funds meant for doctors and the federal government is still paying N5, 000 as hazard allowance to medical doctors.
He added, “A year ago, we told them to pay the insurance for members we lost. The Federal Government said they had done everything. After a year, none of the members has received insurance claims.
“We are still being paid N5,000 hazard allowances while National Assembly members take over N1.2m monthly for hardship allowance.”
Okhuaihesuyi said the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment had also failed to attend to their plight and even cancelled an important meeting where pressing issues were supposed to have been discussed.
“On February 26, we were to meet with the ministry of labour only to be told a day earlier that the meeting had been postponed and till today nothing. Enough is enough. They can go ahead to implement no work, no pay. We will make the health sector ungovernable for them,” he said.