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Resident Doctors Suspend Strike

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has suspended its strike which commenced on April 1.

The President of the Association, Uyilawa Okhuahesuyi made this known on Saturday.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige on Saturday said a Memorandum of Agreement(MoA) was signed after a conciliatory meeting between the federal government and representatives of NARD.

According to the minister, federal government has setu up a five man 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,” the minister said.

“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.”

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