Strike: Medical Doctors To Receive Withheld Salaries As Tinubu Waives ‘No Work, No Pay’ Order

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Invoking the principle of the Presidential Prerogative of Mercy, President Bola Tinubu has approved an exceptional last waiver of the “No Work, No Pay” order that was instituted against striking members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on August 1, 2023, following the commencement of their industrial action which began on July 26, 2023.
According to a statement by presidential spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, on Friday, he recalled that after several constructive engagements between the Federal Government and NARD, the Resident Doctors called off their strike on August 12, 2023.
He said the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF) was directed to withhold all salaries accrued by striking NARD members during the 17 days of their strike action.
“In view of the faithful implementation of terms which were agreed upon during the fruitful deliberations between the Resident Doctors and the Federal Government of Nigeria, President Bola Tinubu has directed the grant of an exceptional last waiver of the “No Work, No Pay” Order on Resident Doctors, which will allow for the members of the NARD to receive the salaries which were previously withheld during the 17-day strike action,” he stated.
Ngelale added that the President has directed the grant of the waiver with a mandatory requirement that the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment must secure a Document of Understanding (DoU) establishing that the exceptional waiver granted by the President will be the last one to be granted to the medical doctors and all other Health Sector Unions.


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