Sen. (Dr.) Chris Ngige, Honourable Minister for Labour and Employment

Healthcare: I will invoke ‘weapons’ in Labour laws against striking Nigerian doctors if…. ─Minister

*The Federal Government threatens striking Resident Doctors with ‘no work, no pay’ if they remain recalcitrant by April 6

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

As the ongoing indefinite strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) begins to take toll on Nigerian consumers of health services, the Federal Government has threatened to invoke the ‘no work, no pay’ rule, if the striking doctors refuse to resume work after Easter holiday.

Sen. (Dr.) Chris Ngige, Honourable Minister for Labour and Employment, who stated this during an interview on Channels Television monitored Friday, April 2 in Lagos, said “by Tuesday (April 6), I will invite them back; if they become recalcitrant, there are things I can do.


Dr. Ngige stated: “There are weapons in the Labour; laws I will invoke them. There is no work, no pay.”

ConsumerConnect had reported that the National Association of Resident Doctors Thursday, April 1, 2021, began an indefinite strike to protest against alleged failure of the Federal Government to fulfil its obligations to them over time.

However, the Minister said the government would seek an upward review of the amount in five weeks’ time, but did not propose figure, according to report.

He said: “It is the Memorandum of Action that we signed. Immediately after the Easter break, I will convene a meeting to look at it holistically.”

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