President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday urged the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to shelve its proposed strike and give the Federal Government more time to address the grievances of doctors. He made the call at a meeting with the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), at the State House, Abuja.
Buhari, in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, gave the doctors an assurance that no agreements duly entered into by the Federal Government will be dishonoured by his administration. He called for greater understanding and support from doctors and all Nigerians in view of the present short fall in national revenue brought about by the decline of crude oil prices.
The President decried the adverse impact of the fall in oil prices on the Federal Government’s spending plans for Health and other sectors and said that his administration will continue to do its best to address issues that are of concern to doctors and other Nigerians.