Resident Doctors Suspend Nationwide Strike

Resident Doctors Suspend Nationwide Strike

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The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has suspended the nationwide industrial action.

President of NARD, Dr Aliyu Sokumba confirmed this on Thursday evening.

Dr Sokumba disclosed that the union will review the progress made in talks with the Federal Government in two weeks.

Recall that the resident doctors had embarked on an indefinite strike to press home their demands, including insurance package, payment of the outstanding COVID-19 hazard allowances, as well as the payment of medical residency training fund.

On Wednesday, the Federal Government and the doctors reached an agreement in a bid to end the industrial action.

After the meeting, the Federal government said an additional N8.9 billion has been approved to pay up a large chunk of the June 2020 COVID-19 allowance to all health workers across the country.

This was revealed by Senator Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Ngige stated that the implementation of the payment of the Special Hazard and Inducement Allowance has been concluded, stressing that this has been cash-backed and the mandate sent to the Central Bank of Nigeria for payments to start with effect from September 9.

According to him, this will bring the total disbursement to about N288 billion.

 

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