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Resident Doctors Suspend Nationwide Strike

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The industrial action embarked upon by resident doctors across the country has been called off by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).

President of NARD, Mr John Onyebueze, who confirmed this in a statement, said the doctors would meet with government officials in two weeks for further talks.

”The National Executive Council of NARD met from 6pm Tuesday, September 12, to 12:15am Thursday, September 14, 2017 to review the status of our nationwide strike and the offer from government in the re-negotiated Memorandum of Terms of Settlement (MTS) with government.

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”After due consideration of the efforts by government and progress made in addressing the items on the notice of our ultimatum, and strike, as well as implementing the contents of the re-negotiated MTS, NARD resolved to suspend her 10 days strike, and to reassess situation in two weeks at our AGM in Abuja,” he said in the statement.

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Minister of Labour and Employment, Mr Chris Ngige, who also confirmed this in a text message to labour reporters on Thursday morning in Abuja, noted that the doctors agreed to suspend strike and re-assess the situation at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Abuja.

He said the doctors were directed to resume work nationwide on Friday 8am local time.

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“The union resolved to suspend the strike and to re-assess the situation in two weeks at its Annual General Meeting in Abuja.

“The suspension is in response to the efforts so far made by the government in addressing the items on the notice of their ultimatum.

“This also as well as implementing the contents of the re-negotiated memorandum of settlement,” the Minister said.

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Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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