The Federal Government, on Wednesday, March 31, appealed to the Resident Doctors to shelve their plans for indefinite strike action across the country.
The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, made the appeal at a meeting with the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) in Abuja. According to Ngige, the strike would affect over 80 per cent of Nigerian citizens who are in need of the services of the health workers.
The Minister said during the meeting, “We are here because we have started solving your issues. We put up proposals with given timelines on how to deal with them. We will look at those proposals with you, fix adequate timelines so that the people on the government side will be implementing and marking them as they execute them. I have held informal meetings with the finance ministry and they told me they have started solving some of the problems.”
He added, “The two committees in the national assembly have also tried to get you and your employers on the same page. We have to intervene to ensure industrial peace in the health industry. We are also in a very bad period health-wise the world over, and Nigeria is not an exception. So, we have to think about the generality of Nigerians. Because right now, 80 percent of Nigerians are our patients because of the COVID-19 pandemic. So we have to look at the issues that way and see how we can get the best out of this situation.”
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