Nigerian doctors have begun an indefinite strike on Thursday over months of unpaid salaries and other pending issues.
A delegation of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) met with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Doctor Chris Ngige, in an attempt to stop the strike and resolve issues on Wednesday in Abuja.
The President of NARD, Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi said that the strike will commence while the attempt to evaluate the federal government’s offer will keep going on.
“We commence strike 8 a.m. today while we are still trying to evaluate the federal government’s offer.”
Ngige appealed to the aggrieved doctors to have a rethink as the federal government was making effort to ensure their demands are met.
After the meeting, Okhuaihesuyi revealed that the federal government’s proposal was not new and stressed the need for the government to take more responsibility, adding that the decision to go on strike was for the benefit of all healthcare workers in the country.
“We had a meeting with the Minister of Labour from midnight till about midnight this morning; we insist that the implementation of what we wrote on the strike notice should be intimated immediately.
“We are not just doing this for resident doctors, we are doing this for all health workers the government needs to be more responsible,” the NARD president stated.