Govt Bows As Meeting With Resident Doctors Continue On Friday

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige
Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige

BEVERLY HILLS, April 08, (THEWILL) – The Federal Government and the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) will on Friday hold a meeting to address the ongoing strike embarked upon by the doctors last week.

However, already, according to the Minister for Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, the Federal Government had not only substantially met the seven-point demand by NARD, “it has also demonstrated transparency in their implementation.’’

He said the House Officers had started receiving their payments in the Federal Government teaching hospitals and federal medical centres nationwide.

According to him, by the close of work on Thursday, all would have been paid as the officers at the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation worked even during the Easter public holidays to effect the payment.

“We have also abolished benching in training as well as stopped the deduction of N15,000 per month from the salaries of house doctors for accommodation. We directed the refund of the deductions and the entire money is now paid to the house doctors to negotiate with the local authorities and sort out individual accommodation,” he had stated.

The Ministry of Labour and Employment spokesman, Charles Akpan, disclosed this in an invite to journalists on Thursday.

He said the meeting, which would be held at the ministry, will be chaired by the Minister for Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, and attended by resident doctors and representatives of the Federal Government.

The agreement between the government and the doctors broke down after the medical workers expressed lack of confidence in the Memorandum of Action signed with the authorities.

The NARD had after its Executive Council meeting accused the government of insincerity and dismissed the MOA as a plot by the government to hoodwink the union.