Rt. Hon. Abbas Tajudeen, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, held a meeting with President Bola Tinubu to discuss the ongoing strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD).
On Tuesday night, Abbas briefed President Tinubu about his previous meeting with the leadership of NARD, where he had urged the doctors to suspend their planned strike. During that meeting, Abbas had requested the doctors’ patience and understanding while promising to address the issues raised by the association within a two-week timeframe.
To address the matter promptly, the Speaker formed an ad hoc committee led by Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, the Leader of the House.
Within 24 hours of his previous meeting with NARD, the Speaker met with President Tinubu once again to discuss the situation further. During this meeting, he urged the President to intervene and address the concerns raised by the resident doctors, emphasizing their critical role in the country’s healthcare system.
Despite the efforts, the resident doctors went ahead with their indefinite strike on Tuesday evening, underscoring the seriousness of their grievances. Responding to the situation, the Speaker instructed the ad hoc committee to accelerate their discussions with all stakeholders in order to promptly end the strike.
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