Chris Steven, Abuja
Towards apprehending the strike embarked upon by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), after reaching an agreement with the Federal Government on issues in dispute, Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, will hold a conciliatory meeting with the President and Executive of NARD, President and Executive of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), officials of the Federal Ministry of Health led by Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health and other stakeholders.
This was as the Federal Government expressed shock and disappointment over the sudden U-turn by the leadership of NARD after it has reached a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the Federal Ministry of Health on its 6-points demand.
A statement by, Samuel Olowookere, Deputy Director Press in the Ministry of Labour and Employment said the Federal Government was utterly disappointed that NARD, without enough reasons, reneged on a Collective Bargaining Agreement, detailed with timelines for faithful implementation.
“In view of this unfortunate development, the Hon. Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, in the exercise of the powers conferred on him by the Trade Dispute Act 2004, has apprehended the ongoing strike by NARD. Consequently, the meeting between NARD and government earlier scheduled for November 2, 2017, is now convened for Wednesday, 6th September 2017 by 12 noon at the Conference Room of the Hon. Minister of Labour and Employment. “He said
“All stakeholders are implored to attend this crucial conciliation meeting. The health and well-being of Nigerians are cardinal to President Buhari administration. Hence, every measure necessary shall be taken to restore normalcy”.