Ngige accuses striking doctors of breaching constitution

Senator Chris Ngige

Chris Ngige

Senator Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment

Nigeria’s Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige on Wednesday accused members of the National Association of Resident Doctors for breaching the constitution by going on indefinite strike.

The minister, who spoke at a mediation meeting which is ongoing at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja, said he was hopeful that the current strike would be the shortest in the history of Nigeria, urging them to immediately call it off.

“Once conciliation starts by the government, no employer has the right to embark on strike. By going on strike you have breached Section 18 of the Trade Dispute Act of 2004,” Ngige said.

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