Ibadan, Nigeria. August 30th: Dr Olusegun Olaopa, the President of The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARDs), University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, announced on Wednesday in a statement that resident doctors nationwide would commence an indefinite industrial action on Monday, Sept. 4, to press home their demands. According to Dr Olusegun Olaopa, the action is sequel to a statement signed by Drs John Onyebueze and Aneke Emmanuel, National President and Secretary of NARDs, respectively.
The statement said that it was resolved at the NEC meeting of NARDs held in Abuja on Aug. 26 to embark on the strike.
“Neither the federal nor state governments has shown commitment to the resolution of issues at stake nor honoured previous agreements. Consequent upon this, the association resolved to proceed on a total indefinite industrial action from Monday, September 4, 2017, until all these issues are permanently resolved.
Nationwide pre-strike protests against this injustice are to hold in all our branches and states of the federation on Aug. 30, 2017. All heads of tertiary health institutions who have received funding for payments to our members should be directed to pay same immediately.”
The members of The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARDs) are demanding for the resolution of persistent shortfalls and unpaid arrears of salaries earned in both federal and state tertiary health institutions.
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Other issues are the enrollment of resident physicians into the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) since 2003, and non-implementation of adjusted House Officers’ Entry grade level equivalent since 2014.
The resident physicians are also asking for the resolution of issues around their stagnation of promotion and non-promotion of members who have met requisite criteria despite all collective bargaining agreements and circulars.
Resident doctors in UCH had on Jan. 6, embarked on a one-day protest rally over non-payment of their November and December 2016 salaries