By Wisdom Deji-Folutile
The Nigerian Government has threatened to implement the ‘no work, no pay’ policy on striking National Association of Resident Doctors if they refused to resume work.
This was revealed by Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, while he issued the warning on Friday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
He said, “By Tuesday, I will invite them back. If they become recalcitrant, there are other things I can do. There are weapons in the Labour Laws, I will invoke them. There is no work, no pay.
“Their employers have a role also to keep their business afloat, to keep patients alive. They can employ local doctors. We won’t get there but if we are going to get there, we will use that stick.”
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Ngige also noted that the current hazard allowance of ₦5,000 for doctors was fixed in 1992, noting that it was fair and just.
Recall that then-president of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Francis Faduyile, drew the attention of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to the figure.
Resident doctors on Thursday embarked on an indefinite strike to protest alleged failure by government to fulfil its obligations to them.
Although they had earlier met with government’s team on Wednesday over their grievances, NARD rejected the proposals put forward in the implementation of the Memorandum of Agreement between both parties.