The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has threatened to resume its industrial action, lamenting that the Federal Government has not fulfilled its promise made to them.
This was made known by Dr Godiya Ishaya, National President of NARD, n an interview.
Recall that the association had suspended its 64-day old strike after the Federal Government signed an agreement with the doctors to pay their salaries. However, the government failed to withdraw the court case it instituted against NARD.
According to reports, the court hearing between the Federal Government and NARD has been scheduled for November 3, 2021.
Ishaya revealed that initially, some NARD members did not want to call off the strike because they felt the government would not honour their side of the agreement.
He said: “The agreement we signed in the Memoranda of Understanding was that we call off our strike and then they would withdraw the court case, pay our outstanding salaries and also pay the MRT.
“As of today, the Federal Government has failed to withdraw the court case as we have been notified that our hearing is on November 3. Our salaries have also not been paid. How can we move forward if they fail to do these things? Some of our members didn’t want us to call off the strike initially because they felt the government wouldn’t honour their side of the agreement. See what is happening now.
“For the MRT, they will recommence the payment tomorrow, remember we told you they debited those that they paid earlier, they will start the payment again tomorrow.
“We are giving them till November 3, which is the day of the court hearing. If they fail to withdraw the case then we will know their position.”
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