Again, Nigerian Government Adamant As Resident Doctors’ Strike Bites Harder

The Federal Government has failed to reach out to the National Association of Resident Doctors for negotiation 48 hours after its members embarked on strike, The Punch has learnt.

The President of NARD, Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, said this during a chat with Punch correspondent on Monday.

He said, “We wrote letters to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, the Ministry of Health and Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation on Monday informing them of our strike and even received acknowledgement copies. As I speak to you, we have not received any communication from them.”

Okhuwaihesuyi told The Punch that resident doctors working in the COVID-19 isolation centres were part of the strike, saying, “The current strike is even more successful than the one we embarked on earlier in the year.”

He, however, explained that consultant doctors were taking charge at isolation centres.

Meanwhile, contrary to claims by the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, that the Federal Government was already engaging resident doctors under the aegis of the National Association of Resident Doctors in a bid to forestall the ongoing strike, The Punch learnt that there was nothing of such.

The President of the Association, Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, disclosed this in an interview with one of Punch correspondents in Abuja on Tuesday.

The minister, during the live press briefing by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, on Monday had stated that the Federal Government has started engaging the resident doctors.

Okhuaihesuyi, nevertheless, said, “Nothing of such happened from Saturday till now; we have not heard from them. We sent them notices and we got letters of acknowledgement; so, they can’t say they are shocked or unaware.

“The Federal Government may come out to insist on no-work-no-pay. They may try to threaten us with this directive from tomorrow; they can do that but they should remember that anyone that has not done his work first should also be punished.”

-Punch

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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