The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) on Wednesdayurged the Federal Government to implement all agreements reached with the association on the welfare and training of resident doctors.

 The president of the association, Dr Jubril Abdullahi, told newsmen in Abuja that failure to implement such agreements would necessitate another round of strike by the doctors.

 “At the end of the NEC meeting, we resolved that the Federal Government should look into the MoU we signed on Oct. 21 and implement all the items contained.

 “We do not, in all sincerity and honesty, believe that going on strike serves the interest of each and every one of us.

 “Rather, we prefer to dialogue but we are always forced by the government to disrupt services before genuine discussions will start.

“We will try out best to avoid the strike assuming that the government does what is right to implement agreements. “What we are talking about implementation of agreement is that once an agreement is signed we need to see a process in place towards the actualisation of the terms.

 “ But what we have is a situation whereby you sign something, some things are done, some are forgotten until you agitate again, so this is what creates a vicious circle.

“For NARD, in event that we do not reach an agreement, because we want to meet on April 3 with the Federal Ministry of Health.

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