Doctors’ overdue payments would not be paid until a verification process is carried out, according to President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

He also stated that the hazard allowance would be reconsidered after the “deep split within the ranks of the striking physicians” had been settled.

Buhari gives conditions for paying doctors’ benefits, faults strike

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the president said this during a meeting with officials of the Nigeria Medical Association at the State House, titled, ‘Embarking on industrial action at a time when Nigerians need you most is not the best action to take, says president Buhari to doctors.’

“The lives of citizens that might be lost or injured when physicians withdraw services are precious enough to be worth selecting for peaceful resolution of differences,” Buhari said of the doctors’ strike.

“Let me talk directly to the striking doctors,” the president continued. No matter what your concerns are, going on strike at a time when Nigerians need you the most is not the wisest course of action.

“This administration has a strong track record of paying all bills owed to government employees, retirees, and contractors, and we have even gone back to settle obligations left by previous governments after thorough verification. Debts due to legitimate health care employees will be paid.

The outstanding issue of an Establishment circular issued by the Head of Service, removing House officers and NYSC doctors from the scheme of service, had an addendum circular from the National Salaries and Wages Commission clarifying that they will continue to earn the wages attached to them on their current wage structure, according to President Buhari.

Since Monday, August 2, 2021, the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors has been on indefinite strike.

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