President Bola Tinubu, on Friday, approved the waiver of the “No Work, No Pay” order instituted against striking members of the National Association of Resident Doctors on August 1, 2023, following the commencement of their industrial action, which began on July 26, 2023.
A statement signed on Friday by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, read, “In view of the faithful implementation of terms which were agreed upon during the fruitful deliberations between the Resident Doctors and the Federal Government of Nigeria, President Bola Tinubu has directed the grant of an exceptional last waiver of the “No Work, No Pay” Order on Resident Doctors, which will allow for the members of the NARD to receive the salaries which were previously withheld during the 17-day strike action.”
The statement is titled ‘President Tinubu approves waiver of the no work, no pay order on resident doctors.’
The PUNCH reports that following several engagements between the Federal Government and NARD, the Resident Doctors called off their strike on August 12, 2023.
The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation was directed to withhold all salaries accrued by striking NARD members during the 17-day action.
However, Tinubu, invoking the Principle of the Presidential Prerogative of Mercy on Friday, directed the grant of the waiver with a mandatory requirement that the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment must secure a Document of Understanding establishing that this exceptional waiver granted by the President will be the last one to be granted to the National Association of Resident Doctors and all other Health Sector Unions.