Hope that the ongoing industrial action by members of the National Association Resident Doctors [NARD] will soon be called off will remain a mirage for the time being after another meeting between dictator Buhari-led regime and NARD ended in a deadlock.
The deadlock came after the Buhari dictatorship presented a new Memorandum of Understanding [MoU] to the striking doctors even when there has been an existing MoU signed by both parties in April 2021. NARD rejected the new MoU and vowed to continue with the strike.
NARD’s national president Dr Okhuaihesuyi Uyilawa disclosed this on Sunday after a meeting with representatives of the Buhari dictatorship in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Dr Uyilawa said that NARD refused to sign the MoU owing to a clause which was contained in the MoU. He said the association could not sign such an MoU because it felt it was being punished for the gross failure of those occupying public offices. He, however, did not reveal details of the clause.
Dr Uyilawa then said that the nationwide strike will continue in the wake of the new deadlock and that the ongoing court action against the Nigerian Government will continue.
Dictator Buhari’s Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige claimed that other associations involved in the negotiations, such as Medical and Dental Consultants of Nigeria and NMA had all signed the new MoU.
Ngige explained that the subject of “No work, no pay” was not raised at the meeting, but that parties resolved for an out of court settlement.
The National Association of Resident Doctors [NARD] embarked on a nationwide indefinite strike since August 2, the second in 2021 to demand better working conditions for doctors in the country, including payment of outstanding allowances and salaries.
On August 13, Minister of Labour Chris Ngige handed the dispute to the National Industrial Court for adjudication.