National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, has called for the immediate sack of Ministers of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, his Health counterpart Osagie Ehanire and Registrar, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCN, for failure to carry out their duties.
The call was made by NARD’s President, Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, who said the ministers and Tajudeen should be sacked if they cannot handle their responsibilities.
This follows the commencement of the ongoing strike by the doctors, which began on August 2 over welfare and other packages for the medical professionals.
Reacting to the labour minister’s comment in an interview with Channels Television on Sunday, NARD president said the association cannot be bullied by the minister, adding that those who are the cause of the strike should resign or be sacked since they cannot handle their responsibilities.
Okhuaihesuyi tackled Ngige for issuing threats of replacement against the resident doctors on national television when their demands raised have not been met.
“I also want to ask Nigerians to ask them and tell them that those who are the cause of the strike that they have not done their work should rather resign or be sacked from the position they hold because if you cannot deliver you have no responsibility being there.”
“The ministry of health, the Ministry of Labour (referring to the ministers), the MDCN registrar, Sanusi, they are the ones to be held responsible for the strike we are on.”
“Something needs to be done to them if they cannot do that to them, they can implement no work, no pay policy. We’ll take it that way. Inequity, you come with clean hands.
“If you want to toe the line of no work, no pay, I think you will go and look for 16,000 resident doctors to occupy our place,” he said.
On the issue of suspension of the strike, he stressed that members of the association remain resolute, as it would stay on till it achieves its aims.
However, in his response, Ngige threatened that the federal government will invoke the no-work and no-pay order against the resident doctors because the federal government has met their demands.
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