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Blame Ngige for deaths – Striking Doctors

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Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige

The National Association of Resident Doctors, on Friday, insisted that it would continue the ongoing nationwide strike until the Federal Government implements the terms of their agreement, including the payment of salary arrears and indemnity for their colleagues who died from COVID-19.

The resident doctors’ strike entered its second day on Friday.

The doctors also asked Nigerians to hold the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, responsible for the loss of lives that might be recorded while the strike persists.

NARD made its position known in a series of tweets via its verified handle @nard_nigeria, on Friday.

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“The minister @LabourMinNG should be held responsible for the lives that will be lost from the industrial dispute,” one of the tweets read.

The resident doctors noted that Ngige, a medical doctor, quit medicine for politics, and asked why the minister did not go into clinical medicine and remain impoverished.

The striking resident doctors also faulted the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for travelling to London for a routine medical check-up.

Other tweets read, “Mr Labour Minister @LabourMinNG, it’s a shame the President @MBuhari is going to England for a second opinion on routine medical check-up and the Nigerian masses are dying.

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“Mr Labour Minister @LabourMinNG, what’s the clinical correlation between @Fmohnigeria and the ministry of environment as you said sanitation is part of the health budget?

“For clarity, no professor of medicine earns his wardrobe allowance @LabourMinNG. @nard_nigeria has listened carefully to the labour minister @LabourMinNG… we aren’t perturbed.

“We maintain our stand that nothing has been done. Health workers’ lives matter. We are tired of paperwork, implement your papers @LabourMinNG.”

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Recall that Ngige had on Thursday that the resident doctors acted in bad faith by proceeding on strike after an agreement the Federal Government signed with the association’s leadership earlier in the day.

The minister had threatened that if by the weekend the resident doctors remained adamant, their fate would be decided based on extant labour laws.

Nigige had said the government was surprised that the resident doctors could still proceed on their strike after agreements were reached on all their demands.

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