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RESIDENT DOCTORS CONTINUE STRIKE AS FG FAILS TO HONOR AGREEMENT TO PAY SALARY ARREARS

Hope that strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) would be suspended was dashed on Friday as the federal government breached an agreement it reached with the association.

Arikawe Adeolu, a member of the national executive council of NARD, confirmed to NAN in Abuja that the government had reneged on the agreement.

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Adeolu, who is also the general secretary of NARD at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Jabi, Abuja, said as of the close of work on Friday, no member of the association had been paid.

The meeting on Wednesday between the doctors and Isaac Adewole, minister of health, and Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment, was to find ways of how to end the strike.
After the Meeting, An agreement was reached. Some of the agreements reached cannot be fulfilled immediately except one.

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That is for the federal government to pay the backlog of salary arrears owed doctors across the country; it was agreed that these arrears would be paid latest on Thursday or Friday.

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