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Resident doctors shelve planned nationwide strike


The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD), has shifted its planned nationwide strike by two weeks.

The strike that was to commence on April 25 will now begin on May 9, the association said.

The National President of the association, Muhammad Askira, made the disclosure while addressing a news conference in Kano on Sunday.

According to him, the decision to shift the strike followed the prompt intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari during a meeting with leaders of the Nigeria Medical Association as contained in a statement released by the president’s media aide.

Askira said the NEC decision followed the genuine efforts and commitment by the Minister of Health and his management team, as well as the intervention of the National Assembly to ensure amicable resolution of the dispute.

He said NEC had also resolved to direct their branches in Osun, specifically LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Osogbo, to immediately suspend the seven month old strike.

This he said, is to enable the implementation of the agreement reached with the Government of Osun on April 15 in Osogbo.

The national president, however, urged the Federal Government to ensure that all their demands were met as agreed during the negotiation meeting on April 11 to avoid industrial action.

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