The industrial action by doctors, under the auspices of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), is expected to continue despite a 13-hour meeting between them and a federal government delegation.
It is understood that the doctors refused to call off the strike despite holding the meeting, which ended in the early hours of Thursday, with representatives of the Federal Government at the Federal Secretariat in Abuja.
A statement by the labour ministry after the meeting said the strike would continue until at least Friday when the doctors are expected to meet to review the offer by the government on their demands including payment of salary arrears owed.
”The meeting agreed that NARD national officers is to present the outcome of the re-negotiated Memorandum of Terms of settlement to an emergency meeting of its members by Friday September 8, 2017 with a view to suspending the strike once there is evidence of payment of the mandate as presented to the meeting, to the affected institutions,” the statement read.
The meeting had in attendance the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige; the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole; and the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire.