NARD the Nigerian Association of resident doctors has began a 5-day warning strike on Wednesday, May 17, following the federal government’s failure to meet its demands.
The decision was taken after the group’s extraordinary national executive council meeting on Monday, May 15.
They alleged that the federal government refused to negotiate with the association or take tangible steps on the “upward review” of the consolidated medical salary structure (CONMESS). They also alleged that the federal government refused to pay the salary arrears of 2014, 2015 and 2016 to resident doctors.
The warning strike commenced at 8 am on Wednesday, May 17, and will end Monday, May 22, at 8 am.
President of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Dr Emeka Orji has countered claim of the medical body being invited to a meeting by the federal government meeting to resolve the ongoing warning strike.
The NARD President who appeared for an interview on Channels Television yesterday said;
“We are ready to attend any meetings that help us to resolve this issue because like I said before the strike is avoidable and it can still be stopped even though it is a warning strike but we have to see a genuine commitment.
“We have not received any communication from any ministry inviting us to a meetings whether today (Wednesday) or any other day.”