By Mustapha Suleiman
The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has said it would meet today to review the latest offers by the Federal Government to address its demands that led to the association`s strike action declared on Sept. 4.
This was disclosed by a member of the National Executive Council of NARD, Dr Arikawe Adeolu, in Abuja yesterday. He said that the meeting would allow the leadership to look into the issues that have unfolded since its meeting with the federal government negotiation teams.
Adeolu, who is also the General Secretary of NARD, Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Jabi, Abuja, said the outcome of the meeting would determine whether the nationwide indefinite strike would be called off or not.
He said the appraisal was necessary as more than 90 per cent of members were yet to receive their arrears as at 3p.m of Sept. 11. He expressed optimism that the arrears would be paid as the federal government said it has disbursed the arrears to the hospitals accordingly.
“We were supposed to hold a meeting on Sept. 8 but it didn’t hold because the essence of the meeting was defeated.
“We thought that government would have paid by then but we got nothing so the meeting has been postponed to September 12; it will be a closed door meeting to carry out an appraisal of events so far.
“The federal government claims that money has been paid to the hospitals so we need to confirm from members across the country if they have received their salary arrears,” Adeolu said. The federal government in a meeting with the leadership of NARD held in Sept. 6, agreed to pay the striking doctors salaries arrears latest by Sept. 8.
The association on Wednesday met with the Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole and his Labour counterparts Dr Chris Ngige.