Just as the masses are crying over the devastating effect of the ASUU strike, the Association of Resident Doctors on Wednesday stated its readiness to embark on an indefinite strike on Monday, September 4, 2017, over alleged failed promises by the Federal Government.
This was made known in a press conference in Kano. According to the President of the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital chapter of the association, Dr. Ahmed Tukur, the decision was part of the resolutions reached by the association at its Extraordinary Executive Council meeting in Abuja on August 26.
Tukur decried the Federal Government readiness towards meeting the association’s demands as agreed.
While urging all stakeholders in the health sector to commit fully to its growth, he identified persistent salary shortfalls to resident doctors nationwide as a major grievance of the association requiring urgent resolution. Other grievances mentioned are: the inclusion of resident doctors in the national salary platform, lack of funding for residency training, and the non-enrolment of the doctors pension arrangement, among others.
Just as ASUU is on strike, one may wonder if the Federal government could be able to handle both problems at the same time and come up fruitful resolution. However, it’s certain that having both the education and health sectors on strike will cost the country alot.