The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, on Saturday, issued a 72-hour ultimatum to the Federal Government to pay its members being owed Medical Residency Training Fund and salary arrears.  The association also demanded that the government withdraw the lawsuit filed against doctors before the National Industrial Court in the interest of peace.

The NARD made these demands in a communiqué issued at the end of its 41st Annual General Meeting held in Bauchi State on Saturday.

In the communiqué, jointly signed by NARD’s  President, Dr Okhuaihesuyi Uyilawa, and Secretary General, Jerry Isogun, the resident doctors decried the Federal Government’s continued failure to accede to their demands.

In the communiqué, they restated their resolve to continue with the indefinite strike, which began on August 2, 2021 “until our minimum demands are met.”

“The AGM, in particular, demanded that the Federal Government should ensure the following urgently for the purpose of restoring normalcy to the health sector:

“Payment of the Medical Residency Training within 72 hours since the money meant for it is available and verification of the list for payment has been completed.

“Payment of the arrears of salaries of our members on GIFMIS platform within 72 hours while the migration process continues.

“Withdrawal of the case against us in court in the interest of peace and payment of our withheld August and September salaries,” the resident doctors said in the communiqué.

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