Abuja - Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has appealed to members of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) to shelve their strike and resume duty in the affected hospitals and clinics.
He said this would be in the interest of patients and the nation.
Ngige advised the professionals to embrace and utilise the mechanisms of the ongoing dialogue with Government on members’ grievances.
“This is even more compelling when these issues are still being discussed with the National Assembly (NASS),” Ngige added.
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The Minister observed the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) being the parent body of NARD, should join in the appeal to its affiliate, to call off its ongoing “warning strike” and ensure compliance with by its affiliate.
“Due process also involves negotiating parties respecting of all laws contingent to the negotiation,” Ngige said.
Ngige drew the attention of the striking workers to the essential nature of their duties to humanity especially as spelt out in the Labour Laws, stressing the need for the members of NARD to be mindful of their oath while pursuing their relative happiness.
The doctors, who are appealing for better working conditions and salaries, maintained all public hospitals were to be shut down for five working days, commencing Wednesday.
- CAJ News