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The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has condemned the manner the National Association of Resident Doctors, (NARD) threatened to embark on strike if the federal government does not meet their demands within two weeks.

As earlier reported by The Informant247, the National Association of Resident Doctors has issued two weeks ultimatum to the federal government to execute the agreements on their demands or risk industrial action.

This was revealed in a communiqué released by the resident doctors on Saturday April 29 at the conclusion of their Extraordinary National Executive Council meeting which took place in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State.

The meeting addressed issues of importance to the association members, especially issues concerning their welfare and remuneration.

The resident doctors who did a meeting from Thursday April 27 to Saturday April 29 demanded increase in the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure to the tune of 200 per cent of the current gross salary of doctors in addition to the new allowances.

While reacting to the position of the resident doctors, the minister on Monday said they cannot go on strike over a bill seeking to mandate them to practise in Nigeria for five years before they can travel out of the country to practise.

Ngige said no doctor or medical personnel would be paid if he or she embarks on strike over demands under review by the government.

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