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UPDATED: Resident doctors rejects federal governments offer, proceed on indefinite nationwide strike

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Doctors under the umbrella of the National Association of Resident Doctor (NARD) this morning announced the commencement of an indefinite strike.

The decision was the outcome of a meeting by its national leadership that ended in the early hours of Monday morning.

According to a statement issued by Dr. Onyebueze John, the President of NARD, the association has rejected the offer issued to them by the federal government in a meeting last week with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige and the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole.

The statement issued by Dr. John reads; “Rising from our NEC meeting, which started by 7pm yesterday and ended 3am today. NARD has resolved to reject the promissory offer from Government, and proceed on total and indefinite strike action until all items in her demand list for strike action are resolved by Government.”

The Federal Government in its reaction to the ongoing NARD nationwide strike expressed disappointment, saying that the resident doctors commenced the strike despite reaching “a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the Federal Ministry of Health on its 6-points demand.”

In a statement issued by Mr. Samuel Olowookere, the Deputy Director Press in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, he said that the government was utterly disappointed that NARD, without enough reasons, reneged on an agreement, detailed with timelines for faithful implementation.

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“In view of this unfortunate development, the Hon. Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by the Trade Dispute Act 2004, has apprehended the on-going strike by NARD. Consequently, the meeting between NARD and government earlier scheduled for November 2, 2017 is now convened for Wednesday, 6th September 2017 by 12 noon at the Conference Room of the Hon. Minister of Labour and Employment. ”

“All stakeholders are implored to attend this crucial conciliation meeting. The health and well-being of Nigerians are cardinal to President Buhari administration. Hence, every measure necessary shall be taken to restore normalcy,” Mr. Olowookere said.

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