Striking members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) are likely to end their two-week strike following a closed-door meeting with Senate Principal Officers on Tuesday.
Addressing the media shortly after the closed-door meeting with Senate President Godswill Akpabio and other Senate Principal Officers, Dr Emeka Innocent Orji stated, “we had a very fruitful meeting with the Senate led by the President of the Senate and from our discussions with them, we are very hopeful that when we table our discussions today before the NEC, something positive would come out.”
“Because of the intervention of the President of the Senate, who is the number three citizen, and the assurance he has given us, our planned national protest has been canceled,” he said, adding that the decision on the ongoing strike would be made as soon as we met.
In a same spirit, Senator Akpabio praised the medical doctors for honoring the Senate by canceling their scheduled national protest and working to end the strike.
“I thank you on behalf of the Senate for honoring us with your decision not only to cancel the planned public protest, but also to cancel the strike in the interest of the suffering masses,” he said.
“Your demands have been noted, and please know that as soon as a Minister in charge of Health is appointed, the Senate will work with him or her to address all of your concerns as soon as possible.” President Bola Tinubu’s administration is doctor-friendly, which explains the enormous number of doctors he has chosen to his cabinet.
“A strike by medical practitioners should not be allowed even for a day because of the effects it has on the polity,” he said. “That is why the Senate is determined to ensure that an amicable settlement of the impasse is reached through interactions and consultation with relevant offices.”