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Strike: We will’t be intimidated, resident docs inform Ngige

Deborah Tolu-Kolawole

The Nationwide Affiliation of Resident Medical doctors on Friday stated its members weren’t moved by the risk by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, to invoke the no-work-no-pay coverage.

It stated its members have been decided to face their floor towards each type of intimidation.

The affiliation’s Nationwide President, Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, stated this in an interview with Saturday PUNCH on Friday.

Ngige had whereas being featured on Channels TV’s Politics Right now on Friday stated he had warned his “kids who’re medical docs” to remain off the continuing strike which he described as “nonsense.”

The minister vowed to invoke the no-work-no-pay rule towards the docs in the event that they don’t resume by subsequent week.

He stated, “Subsequent week, I’ll escalate this difficulty as a result of reconciliation has failed.

“I gained’t meet them anymore as a result of I’ve different issues to do. I had two conciliations yesterday (Thursday). Am I going to be losing my time with them?

“I’ve different instruments inside the labour legal guidelines and I’ll use them. I invoked Part 43 of the labour legal guidelines this afternoon (Friday). I’ve communicated it to NARD. They won’t obtain cash for the interval they’re on strike and it’ll by no means rely as a interval of pensionable place of their profession.

“Even the Worldwide Labour Organisation helps it as a result of they render important companies. They aren’t purported to go on strike with out notifying me 15 days earlier than the day of the strike.

“As we communicate, I’ve not obtained any notification and that’s the reason I’m invoking Part 43 of the Labour Act – on the withdrawal of companies, proper to strike, and the precise to guard the employer and their sufferers.

“Issues will occur subsequent week. Allow them to wait as a result of they’re taking the federal government for a journey, and it’s mistaken. They’re enjoying with lives.

“My kids are medical docs and I’ve warned them to not be a part of this nonsense strike.”

Requested if the Federal Authorities might cope with out the docs amid rising instances of COVID-19 and cholera, Ngige stated issues have been beneath management.

He additionally blamed state governments for the state of affairs, saying folks have been solely specializing in the Federal Authorities.

Nonetheless, responding to the minister’s risk, NARD President, Okhuaihesuyi, stated, “That coverage is extant however implementing it this time would solely be vindictive and selective.

“Nonetheless, our members are strongly decided to sacrifice every thing for the soul of the medical career and Nigerian sufferers.”

“We is not going to be moved by any type of intimidation,” he added.

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