OrderPaperToday – Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, has assured the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) that their rightful demands for unpaid salaries and Covid-19 hazard allowances would be met in four weeks’ time by the Federal Government.
The Speaker of the House revealed this on Tuesday during a visit to the NARD headquarters in Abuja. He explained that the Federal Government recognized and appreciated their efforts and the importance of their profession.
Gbajabiamila said “there is a Memorandum of Action signed between the Resident Doctors and the Government. We will make sure that is followed as best as we can. You understand the importance of these guys, we can’t afford to let them lay down their tools.”
On his part Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, the President of the National Association of Resident Doctors said “with the Honourable Speaker coming to the Secretariat, we have been able to achieve some more commitments in response to why we called off the strike”.
He however sternly warned that if the demands were not met in four weeks times, the resident doctors will have no other option but to re-embark on another indefinite strike.
The resident doctors had reached an agreement with the Federal Government on Saturday April 10 which led to the suspension of the nation-wide industrial action on Monday, April 12, 2021 for a period of four weeks to allow the government sort out all pending issues as contained in the MOA.
Recall that resident doctors in Nigeria had embarked on a nationwide strike action on April 1 that crippled health services across the Country. The doctors are demanding payment of all salary arrears, an upward review of the current hazard allowance to 50 per cent of consolidated basic salaries of all health workers, as well as and payment of the outstanding COVID-19 inducement allowance among other issues.