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Striking Nigerian Doctors Reject Govt’s 25% Increase in Medical Salary Structure

by Thomasina Oseye
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Striking Nigerian Doctors Reject Govt's 25% Increase in Medical Salary Structure

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has rejected the 25% increase in the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CMSS) offered by the Federal Government.

In a communique issued after their National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, the association stated that their earlier demand was for the full restoration of the CMSS to its original value in 2009.

They also expressed dissatisfaction with the increment in basic salary and accoutrement allowance.

The doctors have been on an indefinite strike since July 26, demanding the payment of the 2023 Medical Residency Training Fund, an upward review of the CMSS, payment of salary arrears, and other demands related to recruitment and hazard allowance.

The Federal Government has approved a peculiar allowance of N25,000 for medical and dental doctors in the federal public service, but the strike continues until further progress is made.

This strike is not the first by resident doctors, as they have previously embarked on strikes lasting up to 159 days since 2013.

This article was updated 3 months ago

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