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“There are weapons in the Labour Laws, I will invoke them. There is no work, no pay” – Chris Ngige to striking doctors

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The President Muhammadu Buhari administration has taken steps to carry out ‘no work, no pay’ rule should the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) neglect to call of strike.

Mr Buhari left the country to London on Tuesday to enjoy world-class medical care, disregarding the looming strike by the medical professionals who are requesting better conditions of administration.

Talking on the advancement on Channels TV on Friday, labour minister Chris Ngige, a former medical doctor himself, said the national government would by next week begin a no work no pay sanction to urge striking doctors to continue work.

“By Tuesday, I will invite them back. If they become recalcitrant, there are other things I can do. There are weapons in the Labour Laws, I will invoke them. There is no work, no pay,” Mr Ngige said. 

“Their employers have a role also to keep their business afloat, to keep patients alive. They can employ local doctors. We won’t get there but if we are going to get there, we will use that stick.”

NARD commenced an indefinite strike in demand for immediate payment of all salaries owed to all house officers, review of the current hazard allowance to 50 per cent of all health workers’ consolidated basic salaries and payment of outstanding COVID-19 inducement allowance upward.

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