The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, NARD is to embark on an indefinite strike from Monday following their National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.
NARD noted the Federal Government has failed to honor and implement the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) it signed with them after over 100 days.
President of the NARD, Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi who made this known in a statement at the weekend, demanded immediate withdrawal of the circular removing House Officers from the scheme of service, which was not implemented.
The statement read in part, “We are embarking on a total and indefinite strike on August 2, 2021 [Monday]. You can recall we had a memorandum of action on March 31, 2021, and had an addendum to it on April 9, and since then, we still have had irregularities in the payment of salaries to the house officers.
“We had issues with them being non-regular payment and as part of the memorandum of action, it was said that they that this is should be captured back into the IPPS platform.”
The NARD strike comes at a very critical period when the nation is currently experiencing a new wave of variant in COVID-19 infections.
The body had severally commended the Minister of Labor, Dr. Chris Ngige for his cooperation but they revealed that the Federal Ministry of Finance failed to activate the Federal Government directive.
The National Assembly had to wade in for NARD to suspend their strike almost four months ago.