The ongoing strike action by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) does not appear to be ending soon after the union rejected the new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) presented by the Federal Government.
NARD National President, Okhuaihesuyi Uyilawa, at the end of a closed door meeting in Abuja on Sunday, said it refused to sign the MoU that was brokered by its parent body, the Nigeria Medical Association, and the federal government due to an undisclosed clause.
The resident doctors had embarked on an indefinite strike on Aug. 1 to demand the implementation of their previous agreements with the federal government.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, had on Aug. 13 approached the National Industrial Court to seek an order declaring the strike illegal. But following the failure of the parties involved in the matter to appear before the court, hearing on the matter was adjourned till September 15.
Uyilawa said the nationwide strike by the doctors would continue and that they would proceed with the court case.
He however added that NARD leadership has to present the new MoU to its members before he could sign the document.