The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has pleaded with the Nigerian government to lift the embargo on employment of its members that has been on for over three years.
On Tuesday, the doctors expressed displeasure with the embargo placed on the employment of its members in both the State and Federal Government Hospitals.
The plea was made by the National President of the Group, Prince Dan-Jumbo at a brief in the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital in Rivers State.
Apparently worried by the state of affairs in the Health Sector, the NARD President queried the personnel funds that run into billions released to the Federal Ministry of Health when resident Doctors are not being employed, calling on the President-elect, General Mohammadu Buhari, to look into the plight of the Health Workers and residency programmes in the country, to avert any possible crisis in the sector.
The group (NARD) also frowned at the non payment of the wages of its members in Kogi, Benue, Edo and Lagos States, appealing to the various State Governments to fulfill their obligations to the Doctors and to take health matters more seriously.
The Governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi has called on residents in the State to be resilient and vigilant, as they head to the April 11 polls.
The Governor made the remark in a speech about the lessons to learn from the March 28 presidential elections.
In the wake of the announcement of the presidential election results, Governor Amaechi urged the people to learn from the leadership qualities displayed by President Goodluck Jonathan and the President elect, General Mohamadu Buhari.
According to Governor Amaechi, the people should not allow the gains of democracy in the State to be eroded by desperate politicians.
Governor Amaechi had on March 28 asked supporters of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State not to vote in the election, claiming there was a plan to manipulate the process.
He had asked an official of the electoral body to show him the result sheet before he would go for his accreditation. When the electoral body’s official could not provide the document, he ordered the party’s supporters to boycott the election.
After the elections were held, the supporters of the APC in the state, staged a protest, calling for the cancellation of the election. They said “no election was held in Rivers State”.
However, the Independent National Electoral Commission, after looking at the issues raised by the party’s supporters, said it found no reason to cancel the election in the state.