FG ,NARD Meeting: No End In sight, As Strike Continues
The dialogue between the federal Government led
delegation Team and the striking National Association of Resident Doctors NARD,
is coming with no end in sight as strike continues while the Minister of Labour
and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige who was the convener of the meeting made
frantic efforts to ensure that the Resident Doctors called off the strike, the
doctors insisted that until they received alerts of the unpaid salaries, they
would not suspend the strike.
which started about 2:30pm yesterday after the preliminary meeting between the
government team and few officials of NARD, finished early hours of Thursday,
Intermittently the leaders of Resident Doctors stormed out of the venue of the
meeting to consult with the members on the position of the government.
Some of the aggrieved members of NARD who preferred
to loiter outside instead of remaining inside the conference room where the
meeting was taking place threatened to impeach the leadership if they concede
to signing any agreement with the Federal Government’s Negotiation team without
prolonged negotiation which remained inconclusive as at 12 30 am, the parties
unanimously resolved that the nationwide industrial action should be suspended
as soon as the payment alert is received from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)
today as promised by the Federal Government’s team.
Some of the
aggrieved resident doctors who were mostly in their mid-40s frowned at the
attempts by Chris Ngige-led Negotiation Team to coarse them to suspend the
strike without any tenable evidence of payment as claimed by the Minister
during the opening remarks. One of the Resident Doctors who shunned all
entreaties from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation lamented
that he trekked about 1000 kilometers to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari
during the 2015 elections. He said, “Until we receive alerts we are not going
to call off the strike.
I don’t have
any trust in the government. “Buhari went to London for treatment and he paid
the doctors there but he does not want to pay us. We are not going to call off
the strike until we get alerts.
In fact, it
is the government that is prolonging the strike. He said that the medical
personnel and facilities of various oversea hospitals where most of the public
office holders receive treatment were functional and effectively managed by
their respective governments. Another source privy to the negotiation, hinted
that there was no payment made by the apex bank on the salary arrears as contained
in the six-point demand tabled by the Resident Doctors.
members of the Federal Government’s negotiation team from the office of the
Accountant General of the Federation who left the meeting was summoned back by
the Minister of Labour and Employment. Ngige who chaired the meeting, had
during the engagement pleaded with the Resident Doctors to make sacrifice in
the interest of the country.