Chika Onyesi 

The National Association of Resident Doctors has given the Federal Government a twenty- one day ultimatum to address the issues of delayed payment of salaries of its members or face industrial action.
 
The association is also calling for a reversal of the sack of some resident doctors.
 
The ultimatum follows the extra ordinary meeting of the association, called to deliberate on the conditions of service of its members across the country.

Speaking with journalists at the end of the extraordinary National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja, NARD President, Dr. Muhammad Askira, said the body would fight the current injustice with all its energy.

Askira said: “NARD notes the poor infrastructure in our hospitals which has affected the delivery of adequate health care to our teeming populace. We observe that residency training programme is still not funded and without guiding policies.

“We also note the undue sack of our members from some of the training institutions. Additionally, the delay in effecting the pension deductions of our members was regrettably noted.”

 “Whereas a labourer deserves his wages, we note that some of our members in stated -owned tertiary hospitals have not been paid salaries ranging from three to eight months.”