Deborah Musa – Abuja.
The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health held a recruitment exercise meeting with Nigerian doctors in Abuja on the low as it was gathered that many doctors applied for job positions with the Saudi Arabia ministry of health
It was gathered that over 500 Nigerian doctors turned up at the recruitment exercise venue in Abuja while applicants paid the sum of N10,000 as the application fee
Report also had it that there was a large crowd of doctors inside and outside the building during the exercise.
This recruitment exercise comes amid ongoing strike action by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) The Resident doctors had embarked on the industrial strike action on the 2nd of August, laying complaints like irregular payment of salaries, poor working conditions, among other issues as the reason for the strike action
Report has it that a lot of Nigerian doctors have gone ahead to apply for jobs abroad as a result of the on going industrial action against the federal government where the National Association of Resident Doctors(NARD) have demanded sustainable solutions to poor remuneration, inadequate manpower, poor health facilities, and equipment
Many Nigerian doctors where present in Sheraton where the recruitment exercise with the Saudi Arabia ministry of health was held with various job offer for consultants and specialists in all medical fields, except psychiatrists.
Medical consultants and doctors in various areas of specialisation were present for the recruitment exercise
It was gathered that applicants presented medical certificates, means of identification, and other documents before they were screened followed after which a panel of Saudi Arabian personnel took over the exercise
The recent meeting between NARD and FG didn’t go so well, as NARD rejected the new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) presented by the federal government to its members.
NARD’s National President Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi said NARD had refused to sign the MOU due to an undisclosed clause.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has advised striking members of NARD to resume duties while negotiations between both parties continue.
He added that the ‘No Work, No Pay’ rule is not a punitive measure but a provision of the Internal Labour Organisation as he wondered why medical practitioners expect to get their salaries from taxpayers’ money while they are at home on strike.
Security operatives from the Department of State Service(DSS) cordoned off the venue preventing journalists to speak to the applicants doctors on Wednesday.