The leadership of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has agreed to suspend its strike at a meeting with National Executive Council (NEC) members held in Abuja on Friday.

After due considerations, NEC decided to suspend the strike until the next meeting with stakeholders from the National Assembly and the Ministry of Health scheduled for July 14.

This crucial step was taken with the view to relieve the effects of the strike on the average Nigerian.

Work is expected to resume in all centers on Monday.

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The decision emanated from the meeting between resident doctors and other stakeholders, organised by the Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogàra in Abuja.

The meeting will reconvene in three weeks to review progress made in the implementation of agreements.

If progress is considered unsatisfactory at that time, an indefinite nationwide strike shall be auto-triggered on August 1st, 2016.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja today, the National President of NARD, Dr. Muhammad Askira appreciated the maturity and statesmanship shown by the leadership of the National Assembly, especially the Honourable Speaker, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the Chairman Senate Committee on Health, Dr. Lantern Tejuoso, the Chairman House Committee on Health Institutions, Hon. Betty Apiafi, the Chairman House Committee on Labour Matters, Hon. Ezenwa Francis. He also appreciated the Chief Physician to the President, Dr. Sanusi Suhayb.

Of special mention was the role played by President Buhari in resolving to implement all signed agreements and also directing the Federal Ministry of Health to address the impasse in the best interest of Nigerians.

Dr. Askira commended all stakeholders that showed support throughout the trying period, specifically the leadership of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) and Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), and all members for the show of solidarity and patronage.

Askira enjoined all members to resume work on Monday, assuring them that nobody shall be intimidated or victimized as a result of the struggle.


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  1. Dr. Ahmed says:

    Well done, President Askira! This is the right step in the right direction. Let’s give Mr. Speaker the benefit of doubt.

  2. Esther says:

    This is pure politics! Can these govt officials be trusted?

  3. Yemi says:

    NARD has been put in a tight corner. All these politicians cannot be trusted ooo

    • Dr. Jibril says:

      A lot of factors must have been considered before this decision was taken. Let’s trust NARD!

  4. Dr. Ifeanyi says:

    Are we seriously calling off this strike based on promises?

    • Dr. Jibril says:

      My brother, we’re not calling off the strike. We’re SUSPENDING it. We can always resume strike if things aren’t working out.

  5. Jennifer Okorie says:

    I think suspending the strike was the right call. You can’t win it all.

  6. Ajibola says:

    Na wa ooo. I don’t know what to say.

  7. Dr. Bee says:

    So we should just trust the Speaker? Is that it? What if he fails us?

  8. Dr. Chykes says:

    I don’t like this. But God is on our side.

  9. Dr. Stella says:

    Let’s just watch and pray…

  10. Anonymous says:

    We’ve seen this picture before. First it was Senator David Mark, now it’s Hon. Dogara. Why can’t we just learn from the past?

    • Dr. Jibril says:

      This case is different. There’s far more commitment and circumstances are not exactly the same.

  11. Danladi says:

    How can strike be called off when nothing has been achieved?

    • Dr. Jibril says:

      If you’re a Resident Doctor, discuss with your ARD President and he’ll tell you what has been achieved.

  12. Anon says:

    This is the time to be resolute. We must be firm. We must be strong!

  13. Dr. Zainab says:

    Hmmm. I wasn’t expecting this so soon… Has progress really been made or are we just banking on usual promises?

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