Buhari to spend 2 weeks in the UK as Resident doctors plan indefinite strike
President Muhammad Buhari will leave for routine medical check-up in the United Kingdom today March 30th 2021 and he is expected to be back in the second week of April
According to the presidency in a statement by spokesman Femi Adesina, titled “President Buhari billed for routine check-up in London.”
The statement stated that “President Muhammadu Buhari proceeds to London, the United Kingdom, Tuesday March 30, 2021, for a routine check-up.”
“The president will meet the Security Chiefs first in the morning, after which he embarks on the journey.
“He is due back in the country during the second week of April, 2021.” The statement read.
Meanwhile, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have threatened to embark on indefinite strike from April 1 if the federal government fails to meet up with their demands.
The president of the association Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi who confirmed the development via a communiqué said the ultimatum given to the federal government to meet its earlier demands will expire on March 31, 2021 with no significant achievement.
“The NEC unanimously agreed that NARD should proceed on a total and indefinite strike on the 1st of April 2021, by 8 am if the demands are not met,” Mr. Okhuaihesuyi said.
The resident doctors demanded Immediate payment of all salary arrears including March salaries for our members in all Federal and State Tertiary Health Institutions across the country especially ASUTH, IMSUTH and UNIMEDTH
“Upward review of the current hazard allowance to 50 per cent of consolidated basic salaries of all health workers and payment of the outstanding COVID-19 inducement allowance especially in State owned-tertiary Institutions.
“Payment of death in service insurance for all health workers who died as a result of COVID-19 infection or other infectious diseases in the country.” The president stated.
Punch reported that, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, urged the association to put on hold its planned indefinite strike.
He said the planned industrial action was deemed “apprehended” once negotiation had been opened with the union.