The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has suspended its nationwide strike. The doctors have been called to resume work at 8am tomorrow, September 11, 2020. This was confirmed by Dr. Aliyu Sokumba, President of the National Association of Resident Doctors on Channels Television today.
He disclosed that the Association had met with the Federal Government and had made an agreement to end the industrial strike. He also disclosed that the association will review the progress made during its deliberations with the Federal Government after two weeks.
The Federal Government has also disclosed through a statement made by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige that an additional N8.9 billion has been approved to pay up a large chunk of the June 2020 COVID-19 allowance to all health workers across the nation.
Chris Ngige also revealed that the implementation of the payment of the Special Hazard and Inducement Allowance has been concluded, emphasising that it has been cash-backed and that the Central Bank of Nigeria has been authorized to start payments with effect from September 9. According to him, this will bring the total disbursement to about N288 billion.