NMA Wants FG To Honour Agreement

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 27th, 2014

Tosin Ajuwon

The Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, says its suspended strike was temporary and won’t renege on its promises.

Dr. Bamidele Betiku, State Chairman of the Association made the disclosure in Akure while fielding questions from journalists on the suspension of its two month old strike.

On the July 1, the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, embarked on a nationwide strike over a 24-point demand presented to the Federal government.

Betiku said the Association only called off his strike ‘temporary’ for the Federal government to honour its own part of the agreement reach at a meeting in Abuja.

According to him, the Association is ready to prolong its suspension of the strike if the Federal Government keep to it promise by recalling the 16,000 sacked resident doctors.

“Federal Government has promised that once NMA calls off the strike, it would reverse its suspension decision and we are waiting earnestly for that,” he said.

“We pray as well that the suspension is prolonged so that government’s promises especially the reinstatement of sack resident doctors with suspension of residency programme is fulfilled”.

He noted that the medical profession was known for its nobility and called on Nigerians to hold their leaders accountable for their words.

“We stand by what we say. The ball is in the court of government and we are only hoping that government will stand on its words.

“As far as we are concerned, we have resumed and would not reneged on our promise because we are people of honour”, Betiku said.

It would be recalled that the Federal Government had fired 16,000 resident doctors in what many people believed was a punishment for their refusal to return to work.

Patients groaned and writhe in pains mostly at government hospitals for nearly two months over the boycott of work by doctors amid the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak.

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