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Federal government to meet with striking doctors this week – Labour Minister

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The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, says the Federal Government will reopen talks with the leadership of the striking National Association of Resident Doctors in an effort to end the ongoing strike.

According to him, the purpose of the fresh talks, is for the striking resident doctors to explain to the government team the aspects of the memorandum of action they signed on Thursday which they did not agree with.

The Minister said this in an interview with a PUNCH newspaper correspondent on Sunday.

“We are going to have a formal meeting with them so that they will let us know the areas of the memorandum of action they signed that they do not agree with.

“The meeting will hold next week. Immediately work resumes, we will contact them and invite them to the meeting.” He said.

Recall that the NARD, an association of doctors undergoing residency training, had on Thursday commenced what it called “a total and indefinite strike” despite government’s last-minute efforts to stop the action.

Shortly before the strike started, the leadership had signed a memorandum of action with the Federal Government team, which made Ngige to describe the strike as being in bad faith.

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