After backlash, Ngige says FG ready to engage striking resident doctors

The Federal Government will soon engage the leadership of the striking National Association of Resident Doctors in a fresh talk on ending the ongoing strike.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige,  said this on Sunday.

He stated the purpose of the fresh talk would be for the striking resident doctors to explain to the government team the reason for the ongoing strike against the memorandum they signed on Thursday which was not agreed upon.

He disclosed this to Punch newspaper on Sunday.

“We have not reached there (no-work-no-pay option). The meeting will hold next week. Immediately work resumes, we will contact them and invite them to the meeting.”

Ngige, however, said there was the need for the Doctors to end the ongoing strike.

He said he would be checking with some offices when work resumed after the Easter break on how payment of the outstanding house officers is going

The house officers affected are the ones enlisted illegally from January outside the central portal.

“So, we are paying everybody now and working on the formalization of the portal. When we resume, we will know where we are but we need to stop the ongoing strike.

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