The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) may suspend its ongoing nationwide strike if it gets evidence of payment of salary arrears on Friday.
This followed a meeting between the leadership of NARD and the Federal Government which started on Wednesday and ended in the early hours of Thursday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
According to a statement issued after the meeting, which lasted for over eight hours, the Federal Government team, led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, promised to make efforts toward the payment of arrears owed health workers.
“The Federal Government will appeal to state governments and organisations that owe salary shortfalls/emoluments to health workers to make genuine efforts to liquidate these arrears in the spirit of revamping the health care system in the country,” the statement said.
“The meeting agreed that NARD national officers are to present the outcome of the renegotiated Memorandum of Terms of Settlement to an emergency meeting of its members by Friday, September 8, 2017, with a view to suspending the strike once there is evidence of payment of the mandate as presented to the meeting, to the affected Institutions.”
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