Rivers State

Why Rivers Govt Directed Resident Doctors On Its Payroll To End Strike Immediately

By Kalada Jumbo
Resident Doctors protesting in Port Harcourt during a previous strike.

The Rivers State Government (RSG) Tuesday explained why it has directed all members of the state chapter of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) under its employment to immediately end their strike action.

According to a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government Tammy Wenike Danagogo, the state’s resident doctors ought not to have joined their counterparts since the industrial action was declared with respect to irregularities in the payment of salaries of house officers by the Federal Government.

The Rivers State Government asserted that it does not owe salaries or benefits to resident doctors who are under its employment and are therefore unable to decipher why resident doctors in the state will embark on sympathy strike with their counterparts in the employment of the Federal Government.

The RSG consequently declared that it will not tolerate further strike actions by resident doctors in the state and will be compelled to invoke the “No Work, No Pay” rule on striking house Officers.

The statement reads:

“Sequel to the ongoing strike action by the Rivers State chapter of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) with respect to irregularities in the payment of salaries of house officers by the Federal Government, the Rivers State Government hereby directs all Resident Doctors under the employment of the State Government to call off its strike action immediately.

“Whereas the NARD has a right to go on strike, we expect that such should be restricted to Resident Doctors that are directly under the payroll of the Federal Government, particularly as the Rivers State Government does not owe salaries or benefits to resident doctors in the State. We are therefore unable to decipher why Resident Doctors in the State will embark on sympathy strike with their counterparts in the employment of the Federal Government.

“To this end, the Rivers State Government having reaffirmed its position with respect to the above, will not tolerate further strike actions by Resident Doctors in Rivers State and will be compelled to invoke the “No Work, No Pay” rule on striking house Officers.

“We therefore direct all Resident Doctors to call off the ongoing strike in the State and return to work within 24hrs, or forfeit their salaries and risk being sacked.”

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