The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, NARD has pleaded with the Federal Government to accelerate action on payment of omitted 2020 Medical Residency Training Fund to its members before the 2021 fiscal year runs out in March 2022.

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, NARD has pleaded with the Federal Government to accelerate action on payment of omitted 2020 Medical Residency Training Fund to its members before the 2021 fiscal year runs out in March 2022.

The Association made the call in a communiqué issued after its National Executive Council, NEC meeting in Abuja signed by its President Dare Godiya Ishaya; the Secretary General Suleiman Abiodun Isma’il and the Publicity and Social Secretary Yusuf Alfa.

It noted that while the government had paid the withheld August and September 2021 salaries to her members, and the 2021 Training Fund, some members were yet to receive payment of their omitted 2020 Training Fund.

NARD however called on the government, the Nigerian Governor Forum, BGF stakeholders and Nigerians to prevail on the Governors of Abia, Imo, Ondo and Ekiti states to pay arrears of salaries and allowances owed her members in the state tertiary health institutions, adding that it has become inhuman and humiliating.

It also decried the acute manpower shortage in most tertiary health institutions as a result of the ongoing massive medical brain drain and the attendant burnout effects on her members.

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