The conciliation meeting between the Federal Government Negotiation Team and the striking National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), yielded positive result Thursday as the union decided to suspend the nationwide indefinite strike if alert for their salary entered on or before Friday.
The meeting which started about 2:30pm on Wednesday lasted about twelve hours as the communique was ready early Thursday.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige who was the convener of the meeting made frantic efforts to ensure that the Resident Doctors suspended the strike, when doctors insisted that until they received alerts of the unpaid salaries, they would not suspend the strike.
Intermittently the leaders of Resident Doctors stormed out of the venue of the meeting to consult with the members on the position of the government.
Some of the aggrieved members of NARD who preferred to loiter outside instead of remaining inside the conference room where the meeting was taking place threatened to impeach the leadership if they concede to signing any agreement with the Federal Government’s Negotiation team without receiving alerts.
Following prolonged negotiation which remained inconclusive as at 1am, the parties unanimously resolved that the nationwide industrial action should be suspended as soon as the payment alert are received from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Thursday as promised by the Federal Government’s team.
Some of the aggrieved resident doctors frowned at the attempts by Chris Ngige-led Negotiation Team to coarse them to suspend the strike without any tenable evidence of payment as claimed by the Minister during the opening remarks.