The President of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD), Dr Muhammad Askira has on Tuesday in Abuja announced that the association will embark on a five-day warning strike on May 11, 2016.
According to the president of NARD, the decision was part of resolutions reached by the association at its extraordinary executive council meeting held on May 8.
Askira frowned at the failure of the federal government to meet their demands as promised, even as he said the strike would begin at 8 a.m on May 11, and then end on May 15, adding that all it members are expected to resume work on May 16 at 8 a.m.
He said the demands by the association include remuneration and residency training programmes, adding that some members in some states are yet to be paid their salaries.
He said that doctors in Federal Teaching Hospitals were among those whose salaries were yet to be paid.
He said that the decision was to push home their demands for implementation on one hand and also to enable government enough time to expedite action in areas not adequately addressed.
“These are issues that have been lingering for years, we gave them a 21-day ultimatum and extended the ultimatum with another 14 days, and we gave them another two more days before the warning strike.
“It is quite unfortunate that after all these we are embarking on a warning strike, we are supposed to proceed on an indefinite strike but we decided to proceed on a warning strike,’’ he said.
He said that the association decided to shelve the indefinite strike because of the respect it has for President Muhammadu Buhari and some National Assembly members that had intervened.
Askira said that the association would embark on an indefinite strike after the five-day warning strike, if government fails to redeem its pledge.