The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has announced that they will commence an indefinite nationwide strike on Wednesday due to the Federal Government’s failure to meet their demands. The doctors’ primary requests include the payment of all salary arrears and an immediate upgrade of infrastructure in public hospitals throughout the country, among other issues.
Earlier, the doctors had suspended a warning strike for two weeks on May 21 following discussions with the government. A subsequent meeting on June 2 was held to assess the progress made with the agreement and decide on their next course of action.
Despite a plea from the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abass, during a meeting on Monday with the doctors, urging them to suspend the industrial action, the NARD President, Dr Emeka Orji, confirmed on Tuesday that the association had decided to proceed with the strike.
The strike is scheduled to begin at 12:00 a.m. on Wednesday and was decided upon during the NARD National Executive Council meeting held in Lagos in July.