Governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC,
under the umbrella of Progressive Governors Forum, PGF, have appealed to striking doctors in the country to negotiate directly with defaulting States since most of their grievances are with State Governments.
They also advised that issues affecting Resident Doctors in Federal establishments should be negotiated with the relevant structures of the Federal Government, instead of lumping the States together to suffer unjustly from the industrial action.
The governors’ appeal was contained in a resolution issued at the end of its emergency meeting held on Sunday, August 8, 2021, in Abuja.
Recall that the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) had begun an indefinite nationwide strike on August 2, 2021, over demands for improved conditions, payment of salaries between two and nineteend nineteen months by some state governments, failure to domesticate Medical Residency Training (MRT) Act 2017
in states, among others.
In the resolution signed by the Chairman of the forum and Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, the governors also supported the call by the Federal Government through the Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige, for the immediate suspension of the strike to allow negotiations to continue.
On party matters, the Forum further reviewed progress being made by the APC Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee in the effort to rebuild structures of the party at all levels and commends members of the Caretaker Committee led by His Excellency, Mai Mala Buni for the successful conduct of the Ward Congresses across the country.
The Forum reaffirmed its support for the Caretaker Committee to proceed to conduct Local Government, State Congresses, and National Convention, in line with the mandate of the National Executive Committee.
“Forum was further briefed on the July 28, 2021, judgment of the Supreme Court on Ondo State 2020 Governorship election and recognize that the legal status of both the APC Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, as well as its composition, has been legally settled. The forum had earlier commended the Supreme Court for the timely release of the written Judgement and expressed gratitude to APC legal team for the successful defense of APC’s electoral mandate in Ondo State. Forum congratulates the people and government of Ondo State for the legal victory.
“Having reviewed progress in the party, Forum commends all party members for commitment to the process of rebuilding the APC and urges them to give support at all times. In particular, Forum notes satisfaction reports from various states of commendable mobilization and participation in the July 31st, 2021 ward congresses. All the states reported successful conduct,” the resolution reads in parts.