FG to meet striking resident doctors Thursday

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The Federal Government has invited members of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) with a view to ending their ongoing industrial action.

Recall resident doctors, on August 2, commenced an indefinite strike to press home the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding it entered into with Federal Government in March 2021 on welfare and other issues that affect members.

Reacting to the development, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, had reportedly expressed shock that the doctors could go on strike despite holding a “successful evaluation meeting” with the leadership of the union last week.

The Minister of State for Health, Olurunnimbe Mamora, had also appealed to the striking doctors to return to the negotiating table to address outstanding issues.

Addressing newsmen on Wednesday, spokesman of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan, disclosed the minister has scheduled a fresh meeting for Thursday to resolve the issue.

He said the meeting would hold at the headquarters of the Ministry of Labour and Employment in Abuja by 2:00 pm.

“The Honorable Minister for Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige will be hosting an interactive meeting with the Association of Medical Doctors in Academics. The meeting is scheduled as follows: Thursday, 5th August 2021, Hon. Minister’s Conference Room,” Akpan said.

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