FG Commends NARD For Suspending 63-Day-Old Strike, Offers N47bn As Hazard Allowance

The Federal Government has commended the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors NARD for suspending its nationwide strike that had lasted for 63 days.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige gave the commendation when he received the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association NMA, who led NARD’s executive members, on a visit to his office in Abuja.

Ngige, who commended the new NARD leadership led by Godiya Ishaya, for asking its members to return to work, disclosed that the federal government had increased the aggregate money in the 2022 budget for hazard allowance from 40 billion to 47 billion naira annually.

He said the latest strike would not have degenerated to the point it got to, if the former NARD leadership had given their members the correct information.

The minister said that the federal government was not indebted to any doctor up till August 2nd, when NARD embarked on the strike.