The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) has postponed the commencement of its planned nationwide strike from April 25 to May 9.
According to the National President of the association, Dr Muhammad Askira, while addressing a news conference in Kano on Sunday, the decision to shift the date of the strike was taken after the extraordinary meeting of the National Executive Council of the association held on April 26 in Sokoto.
Askira said the NEC decision followed the genuine efforts and commitment by the Minister of Health and his management team as well as the intervention of the National Assembly to ensure amicable resolution of the dispute.
“The NEC had also resolved to direct our branches in Osun, specifically LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Osogbo, to immediately suspend the seven month old strike.
“This is to enable the implementation of the agreement reached with the Government of Osun on April 15 in Osogbo.
The national president,however, urged the Federal Government to ensure that all their demands were met as agreed during the negotiation meeting on April 11 to avoid industrial action.
“We hope the Government will meet our demands before the expiration of the deadline so that the strike will be averted in the interest of the Country,” he said.