FG gets 72-hours to pay resident doctors salary arrears

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Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, president of resident doctors on strike

Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors has given the Federal Government a 72-hour ultimatum to pay its members being owed Medical Residency Training Fund and salary arrears.

The Resident Doctors also urged the government to withdraw the lawsuit filed against them before the National Industrial Court in the interest of peace.

The NARD in a communiqué issued at the end of its 41st Annual General Meeting held in Bauchi State on Saturday, expressed concern at the Federal Government’s continued failure to agree to their demands.

The resident doctors noted their determination to continue with the indefinite strike, which began on August 2, 2021, until their minimum demands are met.

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The AGM, in particular, demanded that the Federal Government should ensure the payment of the Medical Residency Training fund within 72 hours since the money meant for it is available and verification of the list for payment has been completed.

The resident doctors also demanded payment of the arrears of salaries of their members on GIFMIS platform within 72 hours while the migration process continues.

The communique sought for the payment of their withheld August and September salaries.

The communique was signed by NARD President, Dr Okhuaihesuyi Uyilawa, and the Secretary-General, Jerry Isogun,