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Resident doctors call off strike, announces resumption date

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has suspended its nationwide strike. This came barely two months after its members downed tools.

Recall that on August 2, the NARD embarked on a strike over “irregular payment of salaries”, among other issues.

Efforts of different stakeholders, including President Muhammadu Buhari, and the House of Representatives, to ensure the resident doctors shelve the strike did not yield the desired result.

The National Industrial Court (NIC), in a ruling on a suit filed by the Federal Government, had asked the resident doctors to return to work.

However, the striking doctors faulted the court’s ruling, vowing to appeal the order.

But speaking in an interview, on Monday, NARD president, Dr. Godiya Ishaya, said the association has officially called off the strike.

He said the decision to call off the strike was made in an emergency meeting with the association’s national executive council.

He added that the doctors will resume, on Wednesday.

“We’ve officially suspended the strike to resume 8:00 am on Wednesday. We made the decision in the wee hours of today.

“We held an emergency meeting from 5:30pm on Sunday to the morning hours of today, and the NEC decided that having reviewed the progress made so far, the strike should be suspended,” he said.

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