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Striking Doctors suspend action, extends ultimatum by two weeks

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The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) Sunday announced the suspension of their five-day warning strike which began on May 17.

The Nation reports that the decision followed last Friday’s reconciliation meeting between the association and the Federal Government, represented by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige.

It was reported that during the meeting, the parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

After consulting with its members, the NARD decided to resume work today. It gave the government another two weeks ultimatum to meet its members’ demands.

The National Executive Council (NEC) of the association is expected to reconvene by June 2 at its general meeting to decide on the next line of action.

Earlier, the NARD threatened to declare an indefinite strike should the government further default in its agreement within the two-week window.

“Strike is suspended. Work resumes at 8am tomorrow (today). The progress made will be reviewed on 2nd June 2023 during our general meeting, where the next line of action will be decided”, President of the association, Dr. Emeka Orji, told The Nation last night.

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