The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), has joined the nation wide strike embarked by the national body over issues of members’ welfare.
Dr Habeeb Badmus, President of ARD-UITH, told newsmen in Ilorin that their members also stand in solidarity with the call by the national body to press home their demands.
In a Communiqué he made available to newsmen observed that there is insincerity on the part of government at all tiers on the issues affecting the welfare of members.
He stated that government is reluctant in implementing the memorandum of action after 113 days, the NEC unanimously resolved by vote to resume the total and indefinite strike action from 08.00hrs Monday 2nd August, 2021″.
Habeeb stated that part of their demand is the delay by the Federal Government in disbursing the Medical Residency Training Funds.
“The association also decry the undue hardship members on Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) platform, due to the delays in payment of their salaries ranging from three
to seven months,” he said.
According to him, the body noted that despite Government promise to migrate members from the GIFMIS to the IPPIS platform, they are still stuck on the GIFMIS platform which is laced with payment irregularities among other demands.
He explained that the strike is to ensure smooth running of the health
sector; adding that they can only do this, when members welfare are given the desired attention.