Buhari gives condition for payment of doctors salary, calls for end of strike

Written by on September 11, 2021

 President Muhammadu Buhari says doctors’ outstanding benefits would not be paid until a verification exercise is carried out.

He also declared that hazard allowance would be reviewed after the deep division within the ranks of the striking doctors is resolved.

The President said this during a meeting with officials of the Nigeria Medical Association at the State House, according to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, titled, ‘Embarking on industrial action at this time when Nigerians need you most is not the best action to take.

Buhari faulted the doctor’s industrial action, saying, The lives of citizens that could be lost or damaged when doctors withdraw services, are precious enough to be worth opting for peaceful resolution of differences.

President Buhari said the outstanding issue of an Establishment circular issued by the Head of Service, removing House officers, NYSC Doctors from scheme of service had an addendum circular from National Salaries and Wages Commission to clarify that they will continue to earn the wages attached to them on their present wage structure.

Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, had declared indefinite strike action since Monday, August 2, 2021.

The National President of NARD, Dr. Okhuaihesuyi Uyilawa, while announcing the strike on July 31,  cited the inability of the Federal Government to implement the agreements it entered with the union 113 days after it suspended the previous strike as a reason for the industrial action while others include the poor working environment in public hospitals, irregular payment of doctors salaries and hazard allowances of N5000 which was reviewed last in 1991.

He said there was no backing down on the strike unless the Government met all the demands of the union.

Credit: Punch

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