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NARD CALLS ON FG TO FULFILL MoA

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors has called on the federal government to keep up to its end of the Memorandum of Agreement it signed with the association in April.

This was released in a statement signed by the President of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, Secretary General Dr. Dotun Osikoya and Publicity Secretary Dr. Jerry Isogun.

The association commended the efforts of the federal government and other authorities in meeting some of the demands of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors.

The statement said that after NARD’s National Executive Council meeting on the 20th of June, the council observed with relief that the budget for the 2021 medical residency training Fund has been included in the supplementary budget, approved by the Federal Executive Council.

They also commended some state governments for paying the salary arrears of some of the members, but expressed deep concern over the fact that some of the members have not been captured and migrated to the IPPIS payment platform, which raises concern over possible re-accumulation of unpaid salaries.

The statement read “ The NEC observed that the Head of Service of the Federation (HOSoF) has stopped the process of IPPIS capturing and migration due to the ongoing verification exercise in the centres affected.”

They however noted that quite a number of the demands have not been met, as some members of the association had not been paid their accumulated salary arrears, while calling on the Abia, Imo, Ondo, Kaduna and Ekiti state governments to pay the accumulated salary arrears of their members.

“They noted that our members in ABSUTH, IMSUTH, UNIMED, ARD/BDTH Kaduna and EK-SUTH are being owed 18, 6, 3, 2 and 1 months respectively. All efforts to reach out to most of these State Governments have not yielded the desired results. They also noted that arrears owed our members in Ekiti and Oyo States dating back to 2017.”

The association also rejected the hazard allowance proposed by the federal government, asking for a more reasonable amount.

“NEC noted the efforts of the Presidential committee on salaries in convoking several meetings so far for the negotiation of new hazard allowance for all health workers. They however frowned at the pace and the amount being proposed by FG as hazard allowance in the face of all the numerous hazard health workers go through daily to provide health in the line of duty. They hoped that the FG will be more serious by coming up with the desired amount in the upcoming meeting on Tuesday 6th of July 2021.”

NEC noted that with regards to the non-payment of the national minimum wage consequential adjustment and all salary shortfalls, nothing has been done since the suspension of the last strike after much plea by well-meaning Nigerians.

The statement also called on the Federal Government to enforce the abolishment of the bench fee as contained in the MOA signed in all training institutions, and In line with this demand, and also asked for the recalling of members unduly exited from the Lagos State University teaching hospital.

The association appreciated all Nigerians for their continuous support and faith in the health sector of our country despite the numerous challenges.

LAS

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