Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Resident Doctors in its employment of
River State Government who are participating in the the current nationwide strike by National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) may lose their jobs today.
That is if the Governor Nyesom Wike administration carry out the ultimatum it issued to the doctors to resume duty within 24 hours or face sack.
The stern warning was issued in a statement made available to our correspondent and endorsed by the Dr. Tammy Wenike Danagogo, Secretary to the State Government, SSG, on Tuesday evening.
Danagogo said doctors in the empowerment of Rivers State government have no reason to participate in the ongoing strike because they are not being owed salaries or allowances.
The statement partly reads, “Sequel to the ongoing strike action by the Rivers State chapter of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) with respect to irregularities in the payment of salaries of house officers by the Federal Government, the Rivers State Government hereby directs all Resident Doctors under the employment of the State Government to call off its strike action immediately because the state government is not owing any financial entitlement to it Residents Doctors.
“Whereas the NARD has a right to go on strike, we expect that such should be restricted to Resident Doctors that are directly under the payroll of the Federal Government, particularly as the Rivers State Government does not owe salaries or benefits to Resident Doctors in the State.
“We are therefore unable to decipher why Resident Doctors in the State will embark on sympathy strike with their counterparts in the employment of the Federal Government.
“To this end, the Rivers State Government having reaffirmed its position with respect to the above, will not tolerate further strike actions by Resident Doctors in Rivers State and will be compelled to invoke the “No Work, No Pay” rule on striking house Officers.
“We, therefore, direct all Resident Doctors to call off the ongoing strike in the State and return to work within 24hrs, or forfeit their salaries and risk being sacked.”