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Doctors insist strike continues as FG moves to appease them with MoU

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Nigerian doctors, under the aegis of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have vowed to continue the ongoing strike until their demands were met.

National President of NARD, Okhuaihesuyi Uyilawa, who said this after a meeting between the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), stakeholders in the medical sector and the Federal Government.

Uyilawa said the association declined to append its signature to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the federal government because they had the feeling they were being punished for the failure of government.

“We rejected the MoU, we didn’t sign it because we feel we are being punished for the failures of those in government,’’ Uyilawa said.

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The doctors faulted the N4.8 billion which the Federal Government promised to release for the residency training fund.

On Sunday, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige said the Federal Government had agreed to pay the N4.8 billion residency training fund to the association, while also stating that there were plans to ensure that other demands of NARD, such as payment of arrears and payment of house officers, among others, were met.

Ngige had also said that the association would be required to sign a Memorandum of Action today (Monday).

But the minister said the federal government will commence the implementation of its MoU with the NMA Monday.

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