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Speaker meets Tinubu over planned resident doctors’ strike

THE Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, will meet with President Bola Tinubu as part of efforts to prevent the scheduled strike by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors.

Abbas stated that his meeting with the President will be to inform him of the pending issues identified by NARD and to request advice from the President on how to resolve them.

The Speaker also announced yesterday at a meeting with the national leadership of NARD in his office in Abuja, that an ad hoc committee to be chaired by the House Leader, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere will meet with all the stakeholders to address the issues.

The ad hoc panel has the immediate-past Chairman of the 9th House Committee on Healthcare Services, Tanko Sununu (All Progressisves Congress, Kebbi), as the Deputy Chairman. All medical practitioners in the House would be co-opted into the ad hoc committee.

The Speaker directed that the ad hoc committee get to work right away.

Recall that due to the Federal Government’s failure to accept their demands, resident doctors went on a five-day warning strike in May.

NARD gave the government a two-week deadline to implement all of its proposals, in July.

During yesterday’s discussion with the NARD leadership, Abbas asked the resident doctors to give the House leadership two weeks to find solutions to the issues mentioned.

During yesterday’s discussion with the NARD leadership, Abbas asked the resident doctors to give the House leadership two weeks to find solutions to the issues mentioned.

He stated further that the 10th House was inaugurated a little more than a month ago and urged the resident doctors to cooperate with the existing leadership and “give us some time to address this matter.”

He said, “Your decision to meet with the House is an affirmation of your faith and confidence in our capacity to intervene and resolve the lingering issues in dispute. This is most reassuring because the 9th Assembly had previously intervened in this matter. We hope to even go beyond the steps and actions taken by the previous House to ensure that we find a lasting resolution to the ever-lingering crisis.”lq

The leadership of the resident doctors, led by the National President of NARD, Dr Innocent Orji, acceded to the Speaker’s appeal and said they would get back to their members on the Speaker’s position.

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