Relief As Resident Doctors Suspend Planned Nationwide Strike
The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors has suspended its plan to embark on a nationwide strike.
The decision to halt the planned action came after the National Executive Committee meeting of the association in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, where it reviewed the process.
The doctors had threatened to embark on a nationwide strike earlier in January over the inability of the government to address their demands.
The doctors are seeking upward review of the medical residency training fund, as they kicked against the non-payment of outstanding arrears of the new hazard allowance, as well as the non-payment of the consequential adjustment of the minimum wage to some of its members.
Channels Television reported that at the end of the NEC meeting, the doctors commended the Federal Government for the timely release of the reviewed circular on the medical residency training fund.
The committee also hailed the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, for the other steps taken to upscale the welfare of its members.
The doctors however asked the Federal Government to pay all other outstanding arrears owed its members.
They also appealed to Nigeria Governors’ Forum to prevail on the governors of Abia, Ekiti, Imo, and Ondo states, whom according to them are still owing salaries of their members ranging from three months to 25 months.