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NARD SUSPENDS TWO MONTHS STRIKE

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has suspended its two months nationwide strike.

President of the Association, Dr. Godiya Ishaya confirmed to Aso Radio and Television that work will resume on Wednesday by 8:00 am.

He said the decision to call off the strike was made in an emergency meeting with the association’s national executive council, having reviewed the progress made so far and also give the government a chance to redeem its promises with regards to the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding with the doctors.

Recall that the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors embarked on a nationwide indefinite strike on the 2nd of August 2021 over the government’s inability to implement the Memorandum of Action it signed with the Association, and also protest the non-payment of arrears of salaries and allowances to some of their members.

The doctors also sought the immediate release of their residency training fund and for the placement of their members in the appropriate salary structure.

After series of negotiations failed to resolve the dispute, the federal government took the matter to the National Industrial Court for resolution.
However, NARD had come under pressure from several quarters to suspend the prolonged strike action, which has had a biting effect on Nigerians.

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