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NIGERIAN Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has threatened to begin another nationwide strike starting from September 7.

President of NARD, Dr. AliyuSokomba; Secretary, Dr Bilqis Mohammad and the Publicity Secretary, Dr Egbogu Stanley, said the strike would commence after the 21-day ultimatum it gave to the Federal Government elapsed on August 17.

The doctors are demanding from the Federal Government the implementation of residency funding, COVID-19 allowance, hazard allowance as well as the outstanding salary shortfall of 2014, 2015, and 2016.

On June 15, NARD had embarked on an indefinite strike. The strike was suspended on June 22 after the intervention on the Federal Government and other stakeholders in the health sector.

“NEC resolved to proceed on indefinite nationwide strike action from Monday 7th of September 2020 by 8:00am until the following conditions are met; immediate payment of the Medical Residency Training funding to all her members as approved in the revised 2020 budget; provision of genuine Group life insurance and death in service benefits for all health workers.

Similarly, Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COESA) yesterday directed its members nationwide to immediately withdraw their services.

The union accused Federal Government of failing to provide the outstanding N441billion resulting from the received NEEDS Assessment of Federal Colleges of Education.

The President of COEASU, NuhuOgirima, who issued the directive for the withdrawal of services during a press conference in Abuja, said with what was happening in the education sector, where all the unions were embarking on strike over poor funding and neglect, the Federal Government had disappointed Nigerians. “We have directed our members nationwide to withdraw their services with effect from today (Thursday). While the relative huge allocation to the university sub-sector in the period (2006-2008) can be understood for obvious reasons of their enormous responsibilities and quite divergent services, that of the polytechnics with similar conditions of service and related infrastructure with Colleges of Education remains higher till date. It is quite evident that the union’s agitation is an existential struggle geared towards the revitalisation of the COE system. As the main entity for the training of the teachers and managers of the foundation level of the nation’s education system, the sustained neglect of the COEs portends a grave implication for the development of the entire educational system. So, the union hereby formally declares that all options are open for an industrial action against the Federal Government and some notorious state governments. The public should take notice that the NEC shall reconvene shortly to unveil the series of measures that the union shall take towards bailing the COE system from the doldrums and further decadence inherent in the wanton neglect by the government,” he said.

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