schedule to commence today following the meeting between the body and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara in Abuja.
Dogara pleaded with the resident doctors to grant the House one week to meet with the Minister of Health and fashion out ways to meet their demands and address lingering grievances.
He appealed to the association to understand that the country was presently going through financial challenges.
“It doesn’t matter what faith you profess. For instance, it is clearly stated in the Holy Bible that a labourer should be paid his wages even before his sweat dries. I believe that as a responsible government, we know this. It is not like we don’t know. I only heard through the briefings I was given.
“If it is possible for you to open window for us to call on relevant persons who are in charge of this, in conjunction of course, with active participation of your good self, the relevant committees of the House, so we can sit at a table like this.
“I can sit down with the chairmen of the committees, some members of the relevant committees, with your good self and members of the ministry so that they can bring these issues; so we will understand why someone will work for four to eight months and not be paid. What is the problem? And then we will attempt to address these issues together and if it doesn’t work, we can’t stop you from venting your anger and expressing your grievances.
“I appeal to you to give us till next week when I hope we will be able to invite them and we will sit down together and iron out the issue.
President of NARD, Dr. Mohammad Askira, assured that the industrial action would be suspended for one week to allow the House intervene in the issues between them and the executive.
Askira lamented that members of the association had not been paid their salaries and other entitlements for several months.

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