Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, has suspended its ten days strike.
NARD on Saturday signed a new agreement with the federal government.
President of NARD, Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, explained that the new agreement was concerning issues raised in the association’s 13-point demand.
Okhuaihesuyi further said the federal government at a meeting which lasted hours and stretched into the late hours of Friday, promised to address the issues raised by the doctors, including salary arrears and owed allowances.
Also, Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, confirmed that the representatives of the federal government and those of NARD have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) after a conciliatory meeting was held.
Ngige said the federal government has also set up a committee to look into the issue of irregular payment, adding that the panel will revert within the next 72 hours.
“A five-man committee has been set up, comprising of the government agencies concerned — federal ministry of health chairing — representatives of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, accountant-general’s office, NMA, Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, and the chairman of the committee of CMDs.
“They’re to work and smoothen rough edges as those affected in the irregularities we mentioned, which is the issue of double payments in some cases. So, they have to manage the situation and regularise. There are issues of some still omitted.
“We gave them 72 hours to meet from tomorrow and give us a clean, authenticated list, so that even in the subsequent months, we won’t have all these hiccups anymore.”