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Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by Officialhorlah(m): 3:13am On Apr 04
The National President, National Association of Resident Doctors, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige

The National Association of Resident Doctors has raised the alarm that it is being threatened by some government agencies to call off its ongoing strike.

This comes four days into the nationwide strike which according to the association is to protest against the failure of the Federal Government to honour their agreements, including the payment of salary arrears and indemnity for their colleagues who died in the line of COVID-19 duty.

The National President, NARD, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, told Sunday PUNCH in an interview on Thursday that even though they had the duty to save lives, they are first human beings who had needs and should not be denied their entitlements.

He said this was a fight for survival, noting that they were tired of signing a memorandum of understanding with the government as the previous ones had yielded no result.

The leadership of the association had met with the Federal Government delegation on Wednesday night, during which the government appealed that the planned strike be shelved, but the association commenced the strike on Thursday, April 1
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, had said on Friday that government would not hesitate to invoke the ‘No work no pay’ provision in the labour laws if they failed to call off the strike.

But in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents, Okhuaihesuyi said the government had not been fair, noting that since the association issued its ultimatum on January 25 and having written series of letters to the relevant ministries and agencies, nothing was done.

The development has however paralysed activities in many teaching hospitals across the country, inflicting serious hardship on Nigerians who need medical care in such institutions.
Asked if Nigerians had helped in putting pressure on the government to do what was necessary to end the stalemate and address the inadequacies in the health sector, Okhuaihesuyi said, “Nigerians are actually scared. Basically, people cannot talk because they are scared of the unknown and there is fear of being harassed.

“Since this strike started, I have received calls from many government agencies to shelve the strike. Some are in form of threats. It’s that bad. They think it is politics, forgetting that we cannot play politics with human lives. We are professionals and being a doctor means you have sworn an oath to take care of lives but when you are hungry or you become a patient, what is your fate?”

Efforts to get the NARD President to expatiate on the threats were not successful as his line could no longer be reached till press time on Saturday.

Okhuaihesuyi also said in the interview that government was unfair in the way it was treating them. He added, “Resident doctors make up about 70 per cent of all the doctors in the workforce in Nigeria. That is independent of the challenge many doctors have in securing placement for their residency programme and that is also a big challenge.

“That was why we mentioned doctors on Government Integrated Financial Management Information System platform in our communiqué. That is the platform used in paying doctors that are not fully employed in the hospitals, and so there was leakage and fraud in the platform and it was closed. That means the number of doctors on the GIFMIS platform, which was over 3,000, have all stayed for four months without being paid.

“You can’t place an embargo on the employment of doctors while the ones employed are not being paid.”

He also expressed dissatisfaction that health workers were still being paid N5,000 as hazard allowance. He said, “All health workers earn N5,000 as hazard allowance while the hardship allowance of lawmakers is N1.2m. Nigeria is a peculiar country and it is become frustrating.
“That is why you cannot blame the people that are leaving (Nigeria). Doctors are first of all human beings and they need to survive before they can treat people. So, when they have not been paid for four months, how do they treat others? Therefore, this is a fight for survival.”
Okhuaihesuyi said further that 17 resident doctors had lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic and that it was high time the government implemented the terms of their agreements rather than inviting them to sign a memorandum of understanding.

He added, “The problems we are having now are the same with what we have had over five years ago, so it has become a recurring issue because of government’s failure to honour its own agreement. They tend to rush to sign agreements but they don’t honour them. That’s where we are.

“We have members who have not been paid for four months and some for 20 months. These are members who are in the first level after graduation and have worked for four months but they have not been paid any salary.

“So, is it the MoU government brings up from time to time that would substitute for their salary? There are Residents (resident doctors) that have been in the system and were paid through GIFMIS platform but when government stopped GIFMIS and moved to IPPIS, they have not been paid for months. These are some of the issues. So MoU is not the answer.”

Doctors made some demands in ignorance – Ngige

Meanwhile, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, said on Saturday that government had substantially met the demands of the doctors. He faulted the rejection of the Memorandum of Action signed on Wednesday by the leadership of the association with the Federal Government.

The minister, who spoke to journalists on Saturday, explained that some of the demands by NARD were made in error as some of the issues were already sorted out and implemented 100 per cent. He noted that the outstanding issues that came up at the last conciliation had timelines as they were work in progress.

The minister said, “NARD made some of the demands in ignorance. They didn’t have the full picture; maybe they wished for a strike or their president pushed them into the strike so that his name would go into the annals of NARD as one of the tough presidents that has taken them on strike. That is wrong.

“He (the association’s president) didn’t participate in most of the discussions last Wednesday because he fell ill not long after the meeting started and had to excuse himself. He handed over to his deputy, the Secretary General and other officers of the association, who fully participated. We spent seven hours and by the time we put our signatures to the papers, it was eight hours.

“Disowning the MoA duly negotiated is unknown to labour. The two parties to the negotiation signed the MoA. Four officers from government and three from NARD signed the document and their president who was not at the meeting but fully represented by deputies went to NARD’s NEC and disowned the paper because they were signed by his deputies and secretary general.

“There is what is called transmission of power. He, as the president, fell sick and his deputies continued with the meeting. That is allowed.”

According to him, a memorandum was signed that NARD would go and educate its members on what had been agreed on and that they would reconvene after four weeks to create time to implement the issues.

He however expressed disappointment that NARD made a detour and mobilised its members into action.

Ngige dismissed as untrue allegations that doctors in public health institutions across the country were not insured.

He said, “The Federal Government in March 2020 spent N13.3bn on group life insurance for all workers comprising all federal civil servants and public servants in some parastatals that can’t afford the insurance for their staff members.

“The N13.3bn was paid to 13 insurance companies and brokerage firms to administer. This is not the first time that NARD and teaching hospitals have been told to send in names and make claims for members who have lost their lives.

“It is an insurance that ran for one year till March and even at that, new payment is now being processed so that it becomes a continuous thing.”

He said, “If you have a cover and didn’t make a claim, nobody will pay you. Make your claim through the Ministry of Health and from there to the Office of the Head of Service. It gets to the insurance companies and payment will be made.”

He explained that the Federal Government fast-tracked the insurance cover in anticipation of casualties from COVID-19.

He added, “With COVID-19, we envisaged that health workers would need this more than any other person, so the Federal Government rushed the bill. There is a group life insurance in situ now for every health worker. Therefore, it is dishonest for anyone to make a claim to the contrary.

“We also have additional insurance from the Presidential Task Force (on COVID-19) especially for those who work inside the COVID-19 isolation centres for them to get something additional. Moreover, there is insurance for compensation for injuries, diseases and even death in the course of work, called Employee Compensation.
“There is an Act, the Employee Compensation Act operated by the Nigeria Social Insurance Fund. Once you are insured under it, you make your claim.”


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Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by PatrickOkunima(m): 6:04am On Apr 04
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Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by AK481(m): 6:05am On Apr 04
These resident doctors are opportunist , who don’t mind using humans are soft target to make cheap and unrealistic claim.

Up on till now , now has come to rebuff what Ngige said :

The issue of group insurance for them is there but they want a special package for doctors while FG has there are 3 insurance which they are covered in.

I bet you, this is not about the good of the patient, nobody is fighting for the upgrade of hospitals , don’t be fooled .its just for selfish interest.

If the government gives in to their demand,I bet you johesu will go on strike too, and the cycle will continues.

How you ask yourself that why the health sector is the only sector where the public sector is more lucrative than the private sector

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Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by Nobody: 6:05am On Apr 04
They were even being threatened to suspend the strike. Must we turn everything to politics in this country?

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Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by hepevax: 6:05am On Apr 04
There was a country...

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Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by Cti28(m): 6:05am On Apr 04
And Buhari is in London, wasting taskpayers money, while his country health detoriated completely.

But we all at vulturegrill are happy that our darling daddy is wasting our taxpayers money on medical vacation. And we are happy that our health sector has detoriated completely

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Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by MufasaLion(m): 6:06am On Apr 04
Next person have something to say
Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by Alejoas(f): 6:08am On Apr 04
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Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by bareal(m): 6:08am On Apr 04
Since that time he came out of Okija shrine, i have known that Ngige will never be the same again. Very devilish man!

Well next person have something to say, maybe

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Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by Handsnigga: 6:08am On Apr 04
Naa their way...Threats, instead of Negotiation! sad

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Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by Nobody: 6:08am On Apr 04
The elephant in the room is that our health care system is not properly funded to meet all needs

Then there is the GFIMS leakage which attempts to plug it led to people not being paid. That's inefficiency from the government really

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Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by HenryThegreat1(m): 6:08am On Apr 04
Welcome to Nigeria where intimidation is normal thing.

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Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by elody: 6:09am On Apr 04
We have members who have not been paid for four months and some for 20 months. These are members who are in the first level after graduation and have worked for four months but they have not been paid any salary.

How can you owe salaries for so long and still threaten them.

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Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by BeeBeeOoh(m): 6:09am On Apr 04
Make una gather unaselves and mend Ngige's character well-well angry



Nonsense and APC

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Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by phransix2: 6:09am On Apr 04
Is there no way the Resident Doctors can drive home their demands than strike? because none of these government officials send them, they can afford trips abroad for medical check up. Na we the common man with aged parents that needs Medical Attention always dey suffer am.

Instead of Downing tools go occupy NASS or Aso Rock.

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Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by solid3(m): 6:11am On Apr 04
God punish the goverment people threatening these doctors

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Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by dangotesmummy: 6:19am On Apr 04
Seems like government is becoming the enemy of the people


How can Drs be demanding their wages and you're bullying them? Are you reasonable at all? undecided

Even the president cannot go to Luth or any hospital in nigeria .you guys should be ashamed of yourselves

I wish every hospital you go abroad eject you with your bloodstained money

Any government that cannot ensure food security,job security/guarantee for jobs and a good standard of living and health security is a monumental failure

I don't care what grammar you want to justify this obvious failure because I know many bubu slaves full here always ready to dole out thousands of excuses.its not BUBU's fault,it's PDP,it's corruption,it's yorubas,it's Igbos,it's Fulani,it's igboho,it's akeredolu,it's igboho,it's Tinubu etc

Meanwhile that notoriously lousy vulture seller will pretend as if he didn't see this

Moreso if not that you all are shameless,where have you seen presidents in any country travel outside their base or worstill to Nigeria for medical treatment.

It shows how much you love your country . and then come to think of it if not that Nigerians themselves are enablers of this government impunity and disrespect,what is an unfit old man doing there as president when there are millions of able bodied youths that are mentally and physically fit, intellectual and has a decent track record but instead 2 irritating parties with senile
and shameless old agbayas will be recycling fools to power

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Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by MANNABBQGRILLS: 6:20am On Apr 04
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As soon as the power comes back, he boots up his computer and has lost all his work,
before seeing Jesus calmly typing from where he left off. Lucifer is not happy at all,
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The moral of the story?
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(Only the wise will understand wink)

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Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by designated100: 6:22am On Apr 04
He said, “All health workers earn N5,000 as hazard allowance while the hardship allowance of lawmakers is N1.2m. Nigeria is a peculiar country and it is become frustrating.

Obara Jesu shocked. ASUU Strike is still rebooting too. God will punish all these useless government officials, it's only for their selfish pockets they clamour for. What work do those useless bench warmers called lawmakers do for them to be going home with 1.2m as hardship allowance?

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Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by TemmyT002(m): 6:31am On Apr 04
AK481:
These resident doctors are opportunist , who don’t mind using humans are soft target to make cheap and unrealistic claim.

Up on till now , now has come to rebuff what Ngige said :

The issue of group insurance for them is there but they want a special package for doctors while FG has there are 3 insurance which they are covered in.

I bet you, this is not about the good of the patient, nobody is fighting for the upgrade of hospitals , don’t be fooled .its just for selfish interest.

If the government gives in to their demand,I bet you johesu will go on strike too, and the cycle will continues.

How you ask yourself that why the health sector is the only sector where the public sector is more lucrative than the private sector


You don't have any conscience.
Who is supposed to be paid more between lawmakers and health workers. What are you saying?
They are not paid so they should keep working like that because they are life savers?

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Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by Godmademan(m): 6:34am On Apr 04
AK481:
These resident doctors are opportunist , who don’t mind using humans are soft target to make cheap and unrealistic claim.

Up on till now , now has come to rebuff what Ngige said :

The issue of group insurance for them is there but they want a special package for doctors while FG has there are 3 insurance which they are covered in.

I bet you, this is not about the good of the patient, nobody is fighting for the upgrade of hospitals , don’t be fooled .its just for selfish interest.

If the government gives in to their demand,I bet you johesu will go on strike too, and the cycle will continues.

How you ask yourself that why the health sector is the only sector where the public sector is more lucrative than the private sector
You just displayed ignorance 100%.

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Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by Grace001: 6:40am On Apr 04
He added, “The problems we are having now are the same with what we have had over five years ago, so it has become a recurring issue because of government’s failure to honour its own agreement.

Nigeria is a failed irredeemable country and synonymous to retrogression

Nigeria is design to frustrate and inflict hardship on her citizens... You just can’t escape frustration, sufferness and hardship, whichever way Nigeria will frustrate and suffer you.

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Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by AYODEJIAKI(m): 6:47am On Apr 04
You just opened your mouth to talk rubbish, so after reading the Doctors write up this is the best you can write, you are one of the reasons why Nigeria will remain hopeless, so a Doctor that hasn't been paid for 4months should continue to treat patients right?, I pray when you or any of your family members fall sick you will be treated by such doctors.AK481 learn to use your brain please today is Easter Sunday

Up on till now , now has come to rebuff what Ngige said :

The issue of group insurance for them is there but they want a special package for doctors while FG has there are 3 insurance which they are covered in.

I bet you, this is not about the good of the patient, nobody is fighting for the upgrade of hospitals , don’t be fooled .its just for selfish interest.

If the government gives in to their demand,I bet you johesu will go on strike too, and the cycle will continues.

How you ask yourself that why the health sector is the only sector where the public sector is more lucrative than the private sector [/quote]

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Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by Starseed: 6:49am On Apr 04
If they like let dem send Ekwensu and his cohorts, we are not ending the strike until every owed doctor receives his full salaries. A workman deserves his pay.

We muveeee

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Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by Godisgreatest1: 6:50am On Apr 04
They should go on strike, their greed and selfishness is overwhelming.
Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by AYODEJIAKI(m): 6:52am On Apr 04
Any citizens that feels concerned should put pressure on the useless government to meet up with doctors demand, you won't expect a doctor who hasn't been paid for four months to optimally treat you or your families.
An hungry Doc is a dangerous Doc

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Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by Farki: 6:53am On Apr 04
phransix2:
Is there no way the Resident Doctors can drive home their demands than strike? because none of these government officials send them, they can afford trips abroad for medical check up. Na we the common man with aged parents that needs Medical Attention always dey suffer am.

Instead of Downing tools go occupy NASS or Aso Rock.

When ordinary citizens occupied a toll gate the government shot them is it how Aso Rock they want to occupy?

The logic is simple if my boss doesn't pay me why should I keep working for him?

This is why Nigeria has five thousand doctors abroad.

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Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by Notatribalist(m): 6:59am On Apr 04
AK481:
These resident doctors are opportunist , who don’t mind using humans are soft target to make cheap and unrealistic claim.

Up on till now , now has come to rebuff what Ngige said :

The issue of group insurance for them is there but they want a special package for doctors while FG has there are 3 insurance which they are covered in.

I bet you, this is not about the good of the patient, nobody is fighting for the upgrade of hospitals , don’t be fooled .its just for selfish interest.

If the government gives in to their demand,I bet you johesu will go on strike too, and the cycle will continues.

How you ask yourself that why the health sector is the only sector where the public sector is more lucrative than the private sector
You don't have shame

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Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by Kebbiprince: 6:59am On Apr 04
phransix2:
Is there no way the Resident Doctors can drive home their demands than strike? because none of these government officials send them, they can afford trips abroad for medical check up. Na we the common man with aged parents that needs Medical Attention always dey suffer am.

Instead of Downing tools go occupy NASS or Aso Rock.
You can tell us which other way they can do it. To me their reasons are 100% genuine. With or without the strike the politicians have always travelled abroad.
Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by Fortyfifty(m): 7:03am On Apr 04
You are a compound fool. May you fall ill during this strike and not be attended to. You think this strike is a joke.
AK481:
These resident doctors are opportunist , who don’t mind using humans are soft target to make cheap and unrealistic claim.

Up on till now , now has come to rebuff what Ngige said :

The issue of group insurance for them is there but they want a special package for doctors while FG has there are 3 insurance which they are covered in.

I bet you, this is not about the good of the patient, nobody is fighting for the upgrade of hospitals , don’t be fooled .its just for selfish interest.

If the government gives in to their demand,I bet you johesu will go on strike too, and the cycle will continues.

How you ask yourself that why the health sector is the only sector where the public sector is more lucrative than the private sector

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Re: Government Agencies Sending Us Threat Messages To End Strike – Resident Doctors by Kkkem: 7:06am On Apr 04
Na wa o, Nigeria is in for all these mess, God help us o

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