The Lagos State administration has denied ordering the decrease of NYSC physicians’ monthly stipend from N75,000 to N15,000.
The National Association of Resident Physicians (NARD) said on Saturday that it will strike countrywide on August 2 if the federal and state governments did not honor their agreements with doctors.
The group also accused Lagos State of reducing the NYSC physicians’ allowance.
But Establishments, Training and Pensions Commissioner Ajibola Ponnle disputed the NARD’s allegation about proposed decrease of physicians’ allowance as “false and deceptive.”
the Nigerian Association of Residents Doctors (NARD) has decided to strike starting Monday, August 2, 2021.
“The decision was made by its National Executive Committee in Umuahia on July 30, 2021.
Notable among the complaints was a reported instruction from the Lagos State Government to cut NYSC Doctors’ monthly pay from N75,000 to N15,000 starting July 2021. This assertion is untrue.
Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, the state’s Head of Service, published a circular on employees’ pay structure in response to last year’s National Council on Establishments (NCE) meeting in Lagos.
As a result of the 42nd National Council on Establishments (NCE) Meeting held in Lagos from Monday, 30th November – Friday, 4th December 2020, the Head of Service for Lagos State, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, issued a circular to all public workers in Lagos.
Since the programs are part of the training, they no longer attract Grade Levels in the Salary Structure.
In the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic, Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has shown devotion, bravery, and tenacity.
“The state government will host a stakeholder consultation meeting next week on the ramifications of the National Council of Establishments judgment on Internship, Housemanship and NYSC Doctors in the Civil/Public Service, which necessitated this move.
NARD’s decision is rash. As such, we urge the Lagos Chapter and the Nigerian Medical Association to exercise caution. They should wait till these encounters are over.”