The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has begun the payment of backlog of resident doctors nationwide as announced by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.
Dr Ngige made the revelation yesterday at the resumed negotiations between government and the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) in Abuja, where he also explained that the office of the Accountant General of the Federation had remitted the arrears to the apex bank for immediate action.
The minister also accused the doctors of violating Section 18 of the Trade Union Dispute Act of the Federation 2004.
He said, “I do not think is very fair to the Federal Ministry of Health which is the employers of the doctors. In this ministry, we act as conciliators. Even though I am a government minister, I am a chief conciliator. If the government is wrong, I will tell them that they are wrong. If the employees are wrong, I will say so and at the end of the day, we will find a way to conciliate and make for equitable industrial relations.”