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Resident doctors call off 2 months nationwide strike



Two months after it embarked on a nationwide strike, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has suspended the industrial action.

Speaking in a interview with TheCable on Monday, Godiya Ishaya, NARD president, said the association has officially called off the strike.

He said the decision to call off the strike was made in an emergency meeting with the association’s national executive council.

He added that the doctors will resume on Wednesday.

“We’ve officially suspended the strike to resume 8:00 am on Wednesday. We made the decision in the wee hours of today. We held an emergency meeting from 5:30pm on Sunday to the morning hours of today, and the NEC decided that having reviewed the progress made so far, the strike should be suspended,” he said.

NewsWireNGR recalls that NARD embarked on a strike over “irregular payment of salaries”, among other issues on August 2nd

Several stakeholders, including President Muhammadu Buhari and the house of representatives, had made efforts to ensure the resident doctors end the strike but had arrived at an impasse.

The National Industrial Court, in a ruling on a suit filed by the federal government, had asked the resident doctors to return to work.

However, the striking doctors faulted the court’s ruling, vowing to appeal the order.

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