Nigerian resident doctors have issued a fresh strike notice that will take off from January 2, 2017, to protest the non-implementation of the outstanding agreements they had with the Presidency.
Ahead of the proposed strike, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has directed its members to start wearing black ward gowns, to indicate the collapse of the health sector.
The association’s president, Doctor Onyebueze Ugochukwu who announced the proposed strike at a news conference in enugu, said the decision is painful, but is the last option opens to resident doctors, after exhausting the window of dialogue with the presidency.
Onyebueze said the proposed strike, which according to him, will be indefinite, could only be prevented if the Presidency fully implement the agreement of last July 17, mediated by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.
He further stated that an ultimatum, which took effect from December 12, had been served on the relevant authorities.
In the 15-point observation and 15-point resolution, the association also called on the government to pay outstanding salaries to NARD members in the 72 institutions nationwide where its members worked.
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