Invoking the principle of the presidential prerogative of mercy, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has authorised the lifting of the “No Work, No Pay” order that was put in place on August 1, 2023, against striking National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) members.
Following the start of the doctors’ industrial action on July 26, 2023, the order was made against them.
The resident doctors ended the strike on August 12, 2023, although all salaries were to be withheld by the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation.
The “No Work, No Pay” Order will now be granted an unusual last waiver, allowing members of NARD to collect the salaries that were previously withheld during the 17-day strike action.
A statement signed by Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, said: “The President has directed the grant of the waiver with a mandatory requirement that the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment must secure a Document of Understanding (DoU) establishing that this exceptional waiver granted by the President will be the last one to be granted to the National Association of Resident Doctors and all other health sector unions.”
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