The Federal government has been issued a two-week ultimatum by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, to implement all pending agreements.
The group who are threatening industrial action, gave the ultimatum after its Extraordinary National Executive Council meeting held via Zoom on Wednesday, July 5.
President of NARD, Dr Emeka Orji told Punch;
“We are issuing a two-week ultimatum to the Federal Government to meet our demands with effect from today, Wednesday, July 5 to Friday, July 19, 2023.
“Unfortunately, none of the demands that made us embark on the five-day warning strike have been met. The government has not attended to any of them even after signing the Memorandum of Understanding. All the timelines on the demands have passed.
“The circular for one-on-one replacement was signed in the MoU that it will be released on or before June 5, 2023, and this is over a month, nothing has been done and it has not been released. The government said the payment of the 2023 Medical Residency Training Fund will be paid when the 2023 fiscal year starts, we learnt the fiscal year started last month and up till now, it has not been paid.
“If the government does not meet our demands at the end of the ultimatum on July 19, industrial harmony cannot be guaranteed and from the feelers we have, it will no longer be a warning strike, it will definitely be an indefinite strike.”