The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has appealed to the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to shelve their industrial action while negotiation continues.
Ngige made the appeal during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, as the resident doctors’ strike enters Day 59.
“I want to appeal to NARD to reconsider their position, get back to work tomorrow (today) or next and then come back again for discussions. We have so many things to discuss.
“I have nephews who are resident doctors. I have three of them at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, UNTH Enugu, Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu. I have so many of them.
“I have a son who will graduate in Medicine in October. I cannot destroy the profession, I have to protect the profession too.”
The minister reacted to the court case filed by the Federal Government against the striking doctors.
He said it was the Federal Ministry of Health and the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation that can withdraw the case from court.
“The court has ruled and said ‘Go and do some more settlement but meanwhile, you go back to work and continue the settlement’,” he added.