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Nigeria’s Resident Doctors Suspended Their Two Months Strike

Nigeria’s National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has suspended its two months strike. Suspension of their strike and returning to work is sequel to an emergency delegates meeting with government and stakeholders in Abuja on Saturday 2nd October , 2021. Nigerian Resident doctors had August 2 on embarked on industrial action , citing the failure of the Nigerian Government to implement the agreements it signed with the union 113 days after it suspended the previous strike as the reason for the current strike which lasted for 2 months.

In a communiqué signed by its Secretary General, Dr Ekpe Philips Uche, the Nigerian Medical Association(NMA) said the advice for suspension of the 2 months doctors strike was based on the ongoing intervention by the Association. There were several  resolutions  reached by the NMA at the meeting, they included a mandate to the National Officers Committee (NOC) towards ensuring speedy implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Nigerian Government on August 21, 2021 and the NOC to report to the National Executive Council (NEC) of NMA periodically on the progress being made on the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding.

Speculations as to why the NARD would suspend it 2 months strike despite the inability of the federal government to meet their demands especially on remuneration and improving the conditions of work have arisen in some quarters, However, a member of the Association revealed that  that the new National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) President, Dr Dare Ishaya might have been bribed by the Nigerian government to make him side with the government .

NARD elected Ishaya and other new executive members to steer the affairs of the Union at the Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the doctors held on 25th September at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) in Bauchi state.

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