FG Furious over Doctors’ Strike, Threatens Decisive Action
Authorities in Nigeria have expressed displeasure over the industrial action embarked upon by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) which began a few hours after the association signed an agreement with government, and threatened take decisive action on the doctors if they refused to call off the strike before the weekend.
Nigeria’s minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, was said to have knocked the doctors for what he called their insensitivity and was said to be considering the imposition of the ‘no-work-no-pay’ policy to deal with the situation.
The doctors however appeared unmoved by the threat, insisting that the strike will continue against all odds.
The government was particularly irked by the fact that the doctors went on strike on Thursday despite an agreement they were said to have reached with authorities late Wednesday.
But the doctors countered that the said agreement was simply a time-wasting repetition of similar agreements earlier signed with the government, saying what they were asking for was the implementation of the content of the agreement.
The doctors, who commenced the strike action on Thursday, are demanding payment of salaries of house officers and an upward review of their N5, 000 hazard allowances.
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