BREAKING: Resident doctors suspend 63-day old strike

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The National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, on Monday suspended its 63-day old industrial action, the president of the association said after a National Executive Council resolution, NEC.

The National President of NARD, Dr Godiya Ishaya said the suspension will take effect on Wednesday, 6th October, 2021.

He said the decision to suspend the strike was reached by NEC after a thorough review of the progress the government had made on their demands.

The striking doctors have embarked on a nationwide indefinite strike since the 2nd of August 2021 to press home their demands.

NARD leadership had met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and had expressed confidence and trust in the Vice President.

Sources close to the meeting revealed that Osinbajo asked for the full details of the grievances of the striking doctors.

“He reached out to us and told us he needed all the details of our grievances and that he would not want us to end the strike only to commence another later in the future,” the source said.

The Vice President of NARD, Adejo Arome, also confirmed that the Vice President reached out to NARD and held a zoom meeting with an official of the association.

According to Arome, while reaching out to the association, the Vice President said he needed first-hand information on the issues involved.

“We gave him the information (that he requested). The information we gave him was first-hand and authentic,” Arome said.

“We are sure other government officials won’t give him such details at all about the whole issue,” he added.

“He told us that he did not want the issue to be resolved now and later there would be another strike.

“He said he wants to put the problem to rest once and for all. We are waiting for him to invite us officially and we are certain that he is going to do it. We trust his judgement.”