The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, says the Federal Government has substantially met the demands of the National Association of Resident Doctors(NARD) and faulted the rejection of the Memorandum of Action signed Wednesday March 31, 2021 by the President of NARD, Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi.
The Minister, who spoke to reporters, yesterday, explained that some of the demands by NARD were made in error as some of the issues were already conciliated and implemented hundred percent. He, however, stated the outstanding issues, which came up at the last conciliation, were timelined along a month life span of implementation, revealing that “ they are still work in progress .”
“NARD made some of the demands in ignorance. They didn’t have the full picture . May be they wished for a strike or their president pushed them into strike so that his name will go into the annals of NARD as one of the presidents that have taken them on strike. That’s wrong,”he stated.
Ngige faulted the unilateral repudiation of the Memorandum of Action by NARD’s President, describing it as unknown in labour negotiation.
“He didn’t participate in most of the discussions last Wednesday because he fell ill not quite long after the meeting started and had to excuse himself . He handed over to his deputy, the Secretary General and other officers of the association, who fully participated . We spent seven hours and by the time we put our signatures to the papers , it was eight hours.
“ Disowning the MOA duly negotiated is unknown to labour . The two parties to the negotiation signed the MOA. Four officers from government and three from NARD signed the document and the President who was not at the meeting but fully represented by deputies went to NARD’s NEC and disowned the paper because they were signed by his deputy and secretary general . There is what is called transmission of power . He as the President fell sick and his deputies continued with the meeting . That’s allowed.”