Doctors under the auspices of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) will on Monday, September 4, 2017, begin an indefinite strike nationwide to press home their demands to the federal government.
The industrial action is due to the failure of the federal government to meet their demands which include payment of salary arrears, attending to stagnated promotion and halting the alleged diversion of funds meant for them by chief medical directors (CMDs).
The lingering issues also include the demand for the enrolment of the medical personnel on the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS), remediation of shortfall in their salaries, defraying arrears of members in both in state and federal tertiary health facilities as well as implementation of the adjusted house officers’ entry level since 2014.
Ahead of the strike action, the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano (AKTH) branch of NARD on Wednesday staged a peaceful march to support the cause.
The association’s National President, Dr. John Onyebueze, said the exercise was shifted due to the coming Eid el Kabir celebration.
In a statement read by the branch president, Dr. Ahmad Rufai at a press conference in Kano, Onyebueze said the association was disturbed that neither the federal nor the state government showed commitment to the issues at stake.
The national president maintained that his members, despite their commitment and selfless services to humanity, would not beg to be paid.