The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors has threatened to go on a nationwide strike if the federal government does not meet its demands.
The association in a letter to the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire signed by its president Emeka Innocent Orji said processes for the strike would commence if the issues are not addressed before its January 2023 National Executive Council meeting slated for January 24th to 28th.
NARD had earlier issued an ultimatum to the Federal Government six months ago on account of lingering unresolved issues affecting its members including the irregularities in the new circular on an upward review of the Medical Residency Training Fund, outstanding payment of arrears of the new hazard allowance, non-payment of skipping arrears for 2014, 2015 and 2016 and non-payment of the consequential adjustment of the minimum wage to some of its members.
Other issues in contention include the delay in the upward review of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure, salary arrears of its members in state tertiary health institutions running into several months including Abia, Imo, Ondo, Ekiti and Gombe States, and non-domestication of the Medical Residency Training Act in most states across the federation.
While lauding the efforts of government through its ministries, departments and agencies in resolving some of the issues raised, the association, however, said many of them remain largely unresolved and have now become sources of serious nationwide agitation threatening industrial peace and harmony in the health sector.
NARD also copied the letter to the Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Secretary to the Government of Federation, Minister of Labour and Finance as well as the Chairman of the Nigerian Governor’s Forum among others. DAILY TRUST