Resident doctors suspend strike

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The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has suspended its indefinite strike which started on June 15.

This followed a meeting between the association and Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) in Abuja.

NARD President, Dr Aliyu Sokomba, announced this while addressing a news conference on Sunday in Abuja.

“NEC has resolved to suspend the ongoing indefinite strike with effect from Monday, June 22, 2020, by 8 a.m., prompt.

“The national officers shall continue negotiations with stakeholders and progress made shall be reviewed in four weeks during the next National Executive Council meeting in July 2020.

“The decision to suspend the strike was taken in order to give the Federal and State Governments time to fulfil the outstanding demands following an appeal by the Speaker of House of Representative, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chairman Nigeria Governors Forum and another stakeholder,” Solomba said.

He acknowledged the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) in some hospitals but said there were still need for sustained supplies.

The president also announced that the Medical Residency Training fund had been included in the revised 2020 budget through the intervention of Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and would be implemented as soon as the budget was assented to by the President.

He, however, gave the Federal Government four weeks to make good its promises.

“At the same time, we await the fulfilment of the promise made by the Nigeria Governors Forum to ensure the same is done in all the states.

“On the salary shortfall for 2014-2016, The Secretary to the Government of the federation has promised to intervene.

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