The House of Representatives, will, today, meet with the executive of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD), over its ongoing strike, Daily Sun learnt.
The association, after last Thursday’s meeting with Speaker Yakubu Dogara, suspended its strike for a week in states where doctors’ salaries had been paid, to allow for the intervention by lawmakers.
Dogara met with the NARD executives, led by its president, Mohammed Askira, at the National Assembly.
Confirming today’s meeting to Daily Sun, National Liaison Officer of NARD, Paul Ugwu said the meeting with Dogara and chairpersons of the House Committees on Health Services and Health Institutions was scheduled “for Tuesday evening.”
Also, in response to inquiries, Chairman, Committee on Health Services, Chike Okafor expressed optimism that the meeting will hold.
“He (Dogara) met with them (doctors) last Thursday. We are to schedule another meeting when the Minister of Health returns,” Okafor stated in an SMS.
The speaker had assured the doctors that he would personally convene and preside over a meeting between him, the Committees on Health Services and Health Institutions and the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole.
Dogara, in explaining his decision to intervene in the matter, noted that democracy is centered on the welfare of citizens.
This is as he appealed to the association to understand that the country was presently going through financial challenges.
He said, “It doesn’t matter what faith you profess, for instance, it is clearly stated in the Holy Bible that a labourer should be paid his wages even before his sweat dries.
“I can sit down with the chairmen of committees, some members of the relevant committees, with your good selves and members of the ministry, so, they can bring these issues so we’ll understand why someone will work for four to eight months and not be paid. What is the problem? And then we will attempt to address these issues together and if doesn’t work, we can’t stop you from venting your anger and and expressing your grievances”.
By: Kemi Yesufu, Abuja
The Sun News
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