The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors -NARD, had on Saturday given the Federal Government a 14-day ultimatum to honor the agreement signed by both parties on the welfare of its members.
In a communique issued at the end of its National Executive Council meeting held in Lafia, Nasarawa State, the association threatened to embark on a fresh strike if the government does not meet its demands at the end of the ultimatum.
The communique was signed by the President of NARD, Dare Ishaya, the General Secretary, Suleiman Abiodun, and the Publicity Secretary, Alfa Yusuf, respectively.
The doctors are demanding the immediate payment of the new Hazard Allowance and arrears as well as the payment of the newly reviewed Medical Residency Training Fund -MRTF, among other things.
The NMA suspended its previous strike in October last year and gave the federal government a six weeks ultimatum to meet its demand.
The communique read: “The NEC observed with dismay, the unnecessary delay in the implementation and payment of the new Hazard Allowance for more than seven months since its approval on 22nd December 2021 in a circular with reference No. SWC/S/04/S.218/11/406.
“The NEC also demands immediate payment of consequential adjustment of the minimum wage to our members who have been deprived of this benefit since it was implemented several years ago.” A part of the statement read.