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The Federal Government has promised to resume talks with resident doctors who are currently on strike over the FG’s failure to meet their demands.

Speaking on Sunday, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige disclosed that the FG would hold a meeting with the leadership of the National Association of Resident Doctors with hopes of ending the strike.

He said the meeting would give the striking doctors an opportunity to point out parts of the memorandum they disagree with.

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Recall that the NARD disclosed its intention to embark on an industrial action despite the FG’s frantic effort to stop the doctors.

However, Ngige urged the doctors to call off the strike as many lives are at stake in different hospitals across the country.

He said, “We are going to have a formal meeting with them so that they will let us know the areas of the memorandum of action they signed that they do not agree with.

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“The meeting will hold next week. Immediately work resumes, we will contact them and invite them to the meeting.”

The NARD earlier urged the FG to improve their welfare, as they are the frontline workers in the battle against coronavirus.

Lamenting over the poor benefits accrued to doctors, the association claimed that the FG was paying lips service to its welfare.

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Speaking during a press conference in Owerri at the end of its national executive council meeting, the national president, Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, said Nigerian doctors are suffering despite their contributions to the country.

 

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