Following the receipt of payment of Covid-19 hazard and inducement allowance, the Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Capital Territory Administration (ARD FCTA) has called off its strike action.
This was announced after an Emergency General Meeting (EGM) conveyed to appraise the situation.
The EGM resolved to suspend the strike action with effect from 8.00 am, Tuesday 8th September 2020.
It also resolved that as a matter of urgency, attention should be given to its members who were erroneously omitted from the Covid-19 hazard and inducement allowance.
It also noted that the process of payment of the July – September 2020 Covid-19 hazard and inducement allowance be commenced.
The EGM also resolved that the variation of some of its members not implemented be done before the payment of September 2020 salaries.
It noted that the continuous salary irregularities/inconsistencies occasioned by the migration to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) be resolved.
The association also said that its members’ pensions, National Housing Fund (NHF), Cooperative deduction and association dues be remitted to the beneficiaries as soon as possible as the delay in remittance has led to the loss of accrued interest on the sum.
The resident doctors also pointed out that the payment of salary arrears of its newly employed members for October 2019 to January 2020 as well as computed salary shortfalls for those omitted in the first instance be paid.
The EGM also resolved that the payments of the outstanding promotion arrears for 2016, 2017, and 2018 promotion exercise be considered as soon as possible and that the payment of the outstanding balance of skipping arrears and 1st 28 days allowance to all beneficiaries be made.
It added that the implementation of the Medical Residency Training Act (MRTA) and budgetary provision be made in the 2021 appropriation.
The association appreciated the Minister of FCT, Mallam Mohammed Musa Bello, for his magnanimity and good will in addressing the plight of Health workers within the FCT.
The president of the Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Capital Territory Administration (ARD FCTA), Dr Roland Aigbovo, prayed for more wisdom and strength in consolidating the positive gains achieved in the fight against Covid-19 in the Territory and to place the FCT at the pinnacle of health care delivery within the country.
He said that the association appreciates all relevant persons and sister associations for all their efforts at bridging the communication gaps and ensuring that the needful was done.
“Our appreciation also goes to the General public, Coalition FCT Indigenous Associations, Civil Society Organisations (CSO) and the media for their support and understanding during the period of the industrial disharmony and it is our sincere prayers that subsequent strikes, especially in the health sector, will be avoided in the near future to truncate the unnecessary hardship to the populace needing health care delivery at such critical times,“ Dr Aigbovo added.
It would be recalled that the Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Capital Territory Administration (ARD FCTA) had embarked on an indefinite strike action from Tuesday, 1st of September, 2020, following the non-payment of COVID-19 hazard and inducement allowance and the non-implementation of variation for members who were successful in the 2018 promotion exercise.
Source: Voice of Nigeria