The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has finally suspended its scheduled nationwide daily protest, following a closed-door meeting with top senate officials.
According to the President of NARD, Emeka Orji, the review of the situation would take place within the next 72 hours.
“We met with the Senate president, majority and minority leaders and Whip. So, the planned protest slated for Wednesday has been suspended and we will review it again in 72 hours,” Orji stated.
“We put on hold the protest that was supposed to start today (Wednesday) but the strike continues, says Orji on live television on Wednesday.
The resident doctors had previously outlined plans for a daily peaceful protest, set to commence on Wednesday, unless the government addressed their demands.
This decision came in the wake of the Federal Government’s directive to Chief Medical Directors and Medical Directors of federal tertiary hospitals, instructing them to enforce the “no work, no pay” policy against the striking doctors.
The doctors initiated an indefinite industrial strike on July 26, citing the government’s failure to meet their demands.
Among their requests are the implementation of a one-for-one replacement policy for healthcare workers, discontinuation of the downgrading of membership certificates issued by the West African Postgraduate Medical and Surgical Colleges, immediate payment of all salary arrears, adoption of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure, the introduction of a new hazard allowance, and domestication of the Medical Residency Training Act, among other stipulations.
(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; firstname.lastname@example.org; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)