Buhari leaves for London medical holiday today as doctors set for strike


President to spend two weeks in United Kingdom for routine checkup

  • Residents doctors fault FG, say it failed to implement agreement

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors on Monday insisted on its plan to begin a nationwide strike on Thursday, saying the Federal Government was not sincere in implementing agreements.

The First Vice-President of the NARD, Dr Arome Adejo, who spoke on behalf of the President of the association, Dr  Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, in an interview with The PUNCH in Abuja, said government failed to implement an agreement it reached with the doctors at a meeting held three weeks ago.

The NARD first vice-president stated this as the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, urged the association to put on hold its planned indefinite strike.

He  said the planned industrial action was deemed “apprehended” once negotiation had been opened with the union

But while the Federal Government was trying to convince the doctors not to go on strike, the Presidency said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), would travel to London on Tuesday for medical treatment.

Recall that  NARD had on March 18 told The PUNCH that families of frontline doctors, who died of COVID-19, had been abandoned by the Federal Government.

On Sunday, the NARD  called on its members to commence what it called “a total and indefinite strike” on April 1 by 8am if the Federal Government refused to accede to its demands.

The decision was reached during the association’s Extraordinary National Executive Council meeting held on Saturday in Abuja to review its earlier ultimatum to the government

The communiqué of the meeting attended by over 50 chapters of NARD was signed by its President, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi; Secretary-General, Dr Jerry Isogun; and Publicity/Social Secretary, Dr Dotun Osikoya.

But Keyamo told one of our correspondents that the association needed to put the action on hold since the government had already opened discussions with them.

Our correspondent had sought to know from him what the government was doing to prevent the strike which was capable of further worsening the nation’s health sector.

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