The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Action (MOA) with the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to avert the union’s planned nationwide strike.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, disclosed this while addressing newsmen at the end of a meeting with NARD early Thursday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that NARD had threatened to commence a nationwide strike on April 1, accusing the Federal Government of reneging on agreements reached with the union.
The doctors’ grievances include the non-payment of salaries of between three months to five months to some house officers and the non-recruitment of house officers.
Others are the abolishment of the bench fees for doctors undergoing training in other hospitals, and the non-payment of National Minimum Wage and hazard allowances to doctors.