There is renewed hope that striking resident doctors in Nigeria may call off the industrial action which commenced on April 1, 2021 any time soon.
The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) said it may call off its strike on Saturday following a meeting with federal government representatives in Abuja.
The meeting sought to address area of concerns which led to the strike.
Speaking after the conciliatory meeting, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, disclosed that a new Memorandum of Action (MoA) has been signed by both parties.
Ngige said Saturday’s meeting became necessary to amend the first MoA signed with the striking doctors.
He said that there were irregularities in the payment of salaries of house officers, adding that while some got double payments, a few had not been paid.
“In view of this situation, a five-man committee was set up to harmonise the list of affected officers and they have 72 hours to produce a valid list.
“The list will be submitted to the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System through the Federal Ministry of Health,’’ Ngige said.
He said health institutions affected by the non-payment of salary shortfalls between 2014 and 2016 and arrears arising from the consequential adjustment on the National Minimum Wage, had been directed to forward their personnel strength.
“’This is to enable us to accommodate this in the 2021 supplementary budget,’’ the minister added.
NARD’s National President, Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, said the association is satisfied with the outcome of the meeting.
He however said the association cannot call off the strike until consultations are made with its executive council.