The House of Representatives’ intervention into the ongoing strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors has stalled.
The meeting, organised by the House Committee on Health Services was going fine until the issue of allowances was raised.
The Minister of State for Health, Olorunbe Mamora said the issue of allowances was still in court, hence the government could not commit to it.
Expressing anger, NARD’s President, Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi issued a threat, warning that the union will not call off the strike if the government continued to frustrate dialogue using the court case.
The Chairman of the Committee, Tanko Sununu, appeared not to be pleased with the statement by NARD’s president and ordered that the statement be withdrawn.
Okhuaihesuyi consequently withdrew the statement, however, accused the government of lying about the court case.
Following the withdrawal of the statement, the Chairman of the Committee ruled that the Ministry of health provides evidence that there was an ongoing case in court.