Wednesday, 8 June 2016

NEWS:----great Panic: Doctors commence nationwide strike as from on Thursday

Panic: Doctors commence
nationwide strike Thursday


– It was only a few weeks ago that the
Labour bodies under the Nigeria Labour
Congress (NLC) and Trade Union
Congress (TUC) reached a compromise
with the federal government regarding
the removal of fuel subsidy
– The National Association of Resident
Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) is also
warming up for a nationwide strike
– The body of resident doctors vowed
that the strike which will begin
tomorrow, Thursday, June 9 will be
indefinite
Dr Muhammad Askira, president of the body of
resident doctors made this known to journalists on
Tuesday, June 7.
The president of NARD stated that the decision to
embark on a nationwide strike, was taken at the
ordinary general meeting of the national executive
council of the association, which was held between
May 30 and June 5, at Jos, the capital of Plateau
state, North-central Nigeria.
Association of Resident Doctors carrying placards
while holding a peaceful protest over non-payement
of their salaries for several months         Credit:
NAN
The president of the association said: “Sixteen
out of 58 federal tertiary institutions or
centres were exempted from the initial
centre based strike for the commitment of
the chief medical director of the hospitals
to implement the federal government’s
directives.
“If by midnight on Sunday, June 19, our
demands are not met, all the members of
the association, including those
exempted, would join the indefinite
nationwide strike.”
According to The Cable, Dr Askira said the
association sees it as very important to take “the
painful decision” due to the failure of the
federal government to grant their request.
He added: “Due to the failure of the
government to address the demands of
NARD, it has declared a total and
indefinite strike.
“NARD has to take this painful decision in
order to highlight the plight of our
hardworking members who have had to
endure a long period of deprivation and
disenfranchisement.”

It was a shameful thing to know, regarding refusal
to pay workers’ salary by the government, as a
teacher who works at Ekiti Baptist High School,
stole a pot of amala from her neighbour’s kitchen
due to unpaid salary.