Resident doctors in Nigeria will from Wednesday embark on a three-day warning strike, as directed by the National Association of Resident Doctors, over poor government funding.
NARD said Wednesday’s strike was to protest against the poor funding of the residency training of its members by the Federal Government.
The body had earlier given a 21-day ultimatum to the Federal Government by for their demands to be met. The ultimatum expired on June 18, 2013, but the government is yet to do something about their demands, prompting a nationwide strike.
NARD National President, Dr. Ismail Lawal, had about two weeks ago during a news conference at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu warned that the resident doctors across the country might embark on strike any moment after the 21-day ultimatum expired.
Expressing dismay at the inadequate funding of the residency training programme in the 2013 budget, Lawal had also said the union had given enough opportunity to the government to address the lapses.
Following the government’s failure to give answers to their request, NARD national president on Monday in Abeokuta, in a communique issued at the end of the association’s National Executive Council meeting, directed all its members across the country to commence the warning strike as a form of protest against government attitude.
“NARD has directed her members to embark on a three-day warning strike commencing from Wednessday June 26, 2013 to show our dissatisfaction at the unbecoming attitude of the Federal Government to the issue of residency training funding and the failure to yield to our demand for the supplementary budget for the training,” the communique said.