The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) will commence indefinite nationwide strike on Thursday, June 9, their National President, Dr Muhammad, Askira, has announced.
Addressing newsmen in Kano Tuesday, Askira said the decision was taken at the ordinary general meeting of the National Executive Council of the association held between May 30 and June 5 in Jos.
He said, “16 out of 58 federal tertiary institutions and centres were exempted from the initial centre-based strike for the commitment of the Chief Medical Director of the hospitals to implement the Federal Government’s directives.” He said if by midnight of Sunday, June 19, their demands were not met, all members of the association – including those exempted – would join the indefinite nationwide strike.
Askira said the association found it necessary to take the painful decision following the inability of government to meet its demands. “Due to the failure of the government to address the demands of NARD, it has declared a total and indefinite strike. NARD has to take this painful decision, in order to highlight the plight of our hardworking members, who have had to endure a long period of deprivation and disenfranchisement,” he said. He said the association would continue to open up to discussion and be ready to partner government to ensure effective health care service delivery to Nigerians.