Nigerian Minister Threatens Doctors Over Strike, Warns His Children Who Are Doctors To Keep Working

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has threatened to invoke the “no work, no pay” rule because the strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors bites tougher within the nation. 

Ngige, as an alternative of resolving the contentious points, mentioned he had warned his youngsters who’re medical docs to remain off the continued strike which he described as “nonsense”.

Nigerian Minister Threatens Doctors Over Strike, Warns His Children Who Are Doctors To Keep Working 2

The National Association of Resident Doctors is at present on strike primarily based on the alleged failure of the Federal Government to honour an settlement reached with the affiliation.

Efforts to make the docs again down on the strike didn’t yield significant outcomes.

But talking on Channels Television’s interview on Friday, Ngige mentioned he has a son and daughter who’re practising docs. 

The minister vowed to invoke his powers in opposition to the docs in the event that they proceed with the strike.

He mentioned if the docs don’t resume by subsequent week, he would invoke “no work, no pay rule”.

He mentioned, “Next week I’ll escalate this issue because reconciliation has failed. I won’t meet them anymore because I have other things to do. I did two conciliation yesterday. Am I going to be wasting my time with them? 

“I have other tools within the labour laws and I will do it. I invoked Section 43 of the labour laws this afternoon. I have communicated it to NARD. They will not receive money for the period they are on strike and it will never count as a period of pensionable position in their career.

“Even the International Labour Organisation supports it because they render essential services. They are not supposed to go on strike without notifying me 15 days before the day of strike.

“As we speak, I have not received any notification that is why I am invoking Section 43 of the Labour Act on withdrawal of services, right to strike and the right to protect the employer and their patients.

“Things will happen next week. Let them wait because they are taking government for a ride and it is wrong. They are playing with lives.

“My children are medical doctors and I have warned them not to be part of this nonsense strike.”

Asked if the Federal Government may cope with out the docs, who’re rendering important companies at a time when there are rising circumstances of COVID-19 and diarrhea, Ngige mentioned issues are below management.

He additionally blamed state governments for the scenario, saying persons are not speaking about that however specializing in the Federal Government alone.

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