- Doctor have suspended their strike
- According to the doctors, the government has met some of their demands
- Going further, they praised Femi Gbajabiamila for his efforts
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The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has on Sunday, June 21, suspended its indefinite strike which started on June 15.
This followed a meeting between the association and Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) in Abuja.
NARD President, Dr Aliyu Sokomba, announced this while addressing a news conference on Sunday in Abuja.
This is with effect from Monday June 22.
Meanwhile, Sokomba says the national officers shall continue negotiations with stakeholders and progress made shall be reviewed in four weeks.
Legit.ng had reported that following the deadlock meeting between representatives of the federal government and those of striking doctors, the minister of health Osagie Ehanire, has made some remarks.
Doctors on the platform of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) met with the minister of labour and employment, Senator Chris Ngige, on Tuesday, June 16, and were engaged in a discussion that lasted for hours without a headway, The Nation reports.
Reacting to the development, Ehanire expressed surprise that Nigerian medical practitioners have chosen to go on strike at a time when the nation needs them the most.
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that the Nigerian government on Friday, June 19, released N4.5 billion to 31 federal teaching and medical centres across the country, following the ongoing strike residents doctors embarked on.
This was revealed by Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment while briefing State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.
The money which was released in the early hours of Friday is payment for hazard and inducement allowances for the month of April and May.
Legit.ng had also reported that by Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Nigeria's minister of health urged the striking doctors to call off their strike action.
Ehanire who made the appeal while speaking on Channels Television breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, on Friday, June 19, said the present government will unfailingly fulfil its promises to health workers.
The minister who stated this in reaction to claims that the government has not kept to its promises said the Buhari-led government has a track record of being sympathetic and keeping its promises.
Ehanire assured doctors that this administration led by Buhari is the most sincere and serious government Nigeria has ever had.
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