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Resident Doctors Reject MoU To End Strike

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has rejected the new memorandum of understanding (MoU) presented by the federal government to end its ongoing strike.

The strike started on AUG 1st when resident doctors embarked on a strike over the alleged failure of the federal government to implement the agreement made on salaries and allowances.

Chris Ngige, minister of labor and employment, had dragged the association before the national industrial court over the strike.

The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), on Friday, and the resident doctors, had a meeting with the FG to end the nationwide strike.

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He noted that the meeting did not discuss the issue of ‘No Work No Pay, but that all parties at the meeting agreed to an out-of-court settlement.

 

He added that the federal government will begin the implementation of the MoU on Monday.

 

“The meeting agreed that we need to let this matter. Therefore, the Budget Office of the federation should start from the 2021 service vote to start paying. And if we have any leftovers, we roll it into 2022,” Ngige said.

 

“Coming to hazard allowance, everybody agreed that we need to let this matter. Therefore, the Budget Office of the federation should start from the 2021 service vote to start paying. And if we have any leftovers, we roll it into 2022,” Ngige said.

 

“Coming to hazard allowance, everybody agreed that the discussion is still ongoing and therefore government wants to finish it up.

 

”We agreed with NMA’s position to us that they don’t want to discuss holistically anymore as an association and that they have their own peculiarities that are not same with other health workers.

 

“We are going to do two meetings, one for NMA and affiliates and one for JOHESU. But we are taking the meetings concurrently so that we don’t run into troubled quarters. We are starting next week.”

 

Ngige said the NMA has been authorized to submit a written position on the controversial withdrawal of doctors under the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and house officers from the scheme of service to point out the misnomer in the communique.

 

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