Resident doctors in Nigeria under the aegis of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have refused to sign the new agreement proposed by the Federal Government.
Dr Okhuaihesuyi Uyilawa, National President of NARD, disclosed this after the meeting between the association, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) as well as stakeholders in the medical sector and the Federal Government.
The Federal Government had through a statement issued by Charles Akpan, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, on Saturday, announced that it had reached a new agreement with the doctors in a bid to end the three-week-old strike carried out by the latter.
The proposal was reached at a meeting was on the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari, who had directed the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige to ensure that all the contentious issues that led to the strike were resolved.
The doctors commenced an indefinite strike on August 2 over the alleged inability of the government to meet the association’s 12-point demand.
However, Uyilawa revealed that the association rejected the proposed new agreement tabled by the Federal Government.
According to him, the doctors are being punished for the lapses of successive governments.
“We rejected the MoU, we didn’t sign it because we feel we are being punished for the failures of those in government”, he said.
The NARD President stated that that the strike will continue until their demands are met, while it will proceed with the court case filed against the association at the National Industrial Court.