COVID-19 allowance Abuja doctors commence strike today

The Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Capital Territory Administration, set to begin strike today, Tuesday over non-payment of COVID-19 hazard allowance
Emeh Joy

The Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Capital Territory Administration chapter, will commence strike on Tuesday over non-payment of their COVID-19 hazard and inducement allowances.

The strike was also premised on the non-implementation of the variation of the 2018 promotion alongside other issues. It came following the expiration of a 14-day ultimatum, which was given to the FCTA over the issues stated in the communique submitted to the administration dated August 14, 2020.

The strike decision was contained in a new communique issued on Monday at the end of the association's emergency meeting held both physically and virtually in Abuja.

The communique was co-signed by the General Secretary, Dr. Mustapha Ibrahim and the chairman of ARD-FCTA, Dr. Roland Aigbovo.

The association said the strike would only be called off when their demands have been met.

The communique read in part:

"Due to the insensitivity displayed by the Office of the Permanent Secretary, FCT and widespread agitations among our members in various FCT hospitals and isolation/treatment centres, we regret to notify the administration, and by extension, the public that the association would embark on an indefinite strike action with effect from 8 am, 1st September 2020 until the payment of the COVID-19 hazard and inducement allowance is received, and the variation of the 2018 promotion exercise is implemented.

"We regret any inconveniences this might cause the Federal Capital Territory Administration and the general public needing healthcare delivery during this period.

"We implore the FCT administration to also look into the other myriads of problems raised in our earlier communication to the administration dated 14th August 2020 with a view to resolving all pending issues so as to maintain industrial harmony".

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