NARD ACCUSES NMA OF PURSUING PERSONAL INTERESTS

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The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, on Tuesday September 14 2021, accused the Nigerian Medical Association of  “pursuance of personal interests.”

The NMA has NARD as one of its affiliate unions.

Newsmen had reported that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), last Friday met with the leadership of the NMA as part of moves to resolve the ongoing crisis in the health sector.

Subsequently, NMA initiated a meeting with NARD, requesting resident doctors to call off their ongoing strike.

NARD, however, rebuffed NMA’s intervention.

The Vice President of NARD, Adejo Arome, told reporters on Tuesday September 14, that the NMA leadership met with the Presidency on matters relating to personal interests.

He said, “The NMA President went there to source for funds for his federal university. They didn’t talk about NARD.

“We have reached the point where the NMA has to tell the government the truth and stop sugar-coating things for the government.

“Look at the British Medical Association, they wrote a letter to their government and told them the UK needs 50,000 doctors before winter. They tell their government the truth and of course we are going to mobilise our members when the time comes.

“For us at NARD, we are not politicians, we are unionists. The NMA went to deal with their personal issues.”

Similarly, the NARD President, Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, in a separate interview said the ongoing strike would continue despite the pleas by the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government and NARD will be returning to the National Industrial Court today.

The FG had dragged the association to court over the strike which it commenced on August 2.