Tinubu Waives ‘No Work, No Pay’ Order For Resident Doctors

President Bola Tinubu has granted the waiver of ‘no work, no pay’ preferred against the members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).

The doctors had commenced a 17-day industrial action on July 26 after the Federal Government failed to meet their demands. Responding, the government instituted a ‘no work, no pay’ order on August 1 to compel the professionals to return to work.

After a series of consultations between NARD leadership and government representatives, the resident doctors called off their strike on August 12.

However, in a statement on Friday, presidential spokesman Ajuri Ngelale said the waiver will enable the doctors to receive their salaries, which were withheld during the strike action

“Invoking the Principle of the Presidential Prerogative of Mercy, President Bola Tinubu has approved the waiver of the ‘No Work, No Pay’ order that was instituted against striking members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on August 1, 2023, following the commencement of their industrial action, which began on July 26, 2023,” the statement read.

“After several constructive engagements between the Federal Government and NARD, the Resident Doctors called off their strike on August 12, 2023. During the 17 days of their strike action, the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation received a directive to withhold all salaries earned by striking NARD members.

“Because the Resident Doctors and the Federal Government of Nigeria stuck to the terms they agreed upon during the productive talks, President Bola Tinubu has ordered that the “No Work, No Pay” Order be waived one last time for the Resident Doctors. This will allow the members of the NARD to get their salaries that were held up during the 17-day strike.”

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