Looming Strike: Resident Doctors, Ministers In Talks
The Nigerian government has several battles to fight.
First it was ASUU, now the Resident Doctors are also in the ring.
The Nigerian government is in talks with resident doctors in an attempt to address their demands and make them reconsider their position on a planned industrial action.
Officials of the Nigerian government say efforts are being made to dialogue and resolve the issues raised.
It is an assurance coming on a day that the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) announced plans to begin a nationwide strike on Monday.
It is not clear if the statement by the government will make them shelve the plan. The outcome of the meeting will tell.
The promise from the Federal Government was made by the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Nigige, on Thursday at a meeting with the leadership of the association in Abuja.
Dr Nigige and the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, were at the meeting hoping to calm frayed nerves and seek their understanding.
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The Ministers assured the resident doctors that their demands would be considered.
NARD President, Dr Onyebueze Ugochukwu and the President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Professor Mike Ogirima, led the medical personnel.
THE SIMPLE DEMANDS
1. Enrolment of the medical personnel on the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS),
2. Remediation of shortfall in their salaries,
3. Defraying arrears of members both in state and federal tertiary health facilities,
4. Implementation of the adjusted house officers’ entry level since 2014.
5. That's all