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Buhari directs finance ministry to pay resident doctors

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Federal Ministry of Finance to release withheld salaries of resident doctors for the month of September and October 2021.

This was disclosed by Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige, in a statement to State House correspondents after a meeting with Buhari on Thursday.

He explained that the wages, which were seized on the premise of the no-work, no pay-rule following strikes embarked upon by the Joint Health Workers Union, have been approved by the President to be released to the health workers on compassionate grounds.

On the grievances by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ngige stated that since July 2021, a total of N52.1 billion revitalization fund has so far been released to workers in the university system in consonance with an MOA signed in December 2020 and expects that members of ASUU would have been adequately informed about the Federal Government’s efforts.

The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had earlier decided on a meeting for Saturday with zonal leaders of the union over alleged failure of the Federal Government to implement agreements reached with the union in 2020.

Dr Ngige, therefore, appealed to ASUU to exercise patience with the government in order to reach a logical conclusion.

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