The Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) – a forum of Nigerian governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to suspend their ongoing strike action.
The forum argued that their position was in tandem with 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.
This was contained in a statement titled, “Resolutions of Meeting of Progressive Governors,” signed by the Chairman of the PGF and Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Bagudu, in Abuja, on Tuesday.
The forum in the statement noted that most of the grievances of the Resident Doctors are with State Governments and appealed to the resident doctors to negotiate with individual State Governments while issues affecting Resident Doctors in Federal establishments should be negotiated with the relevant structures of the Federal Government.
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 Governor Mai Mala Buni for the successful conduct of the Ward Congresses across the country.
The forum also reaffirmed its support for the APC Caretaker Committee to proceed to conduct local government, state congresses, and national convention, in line with the mandate of the National Executive Committee.
It commended all party members for their commitment to the process of rebuilding the APC and urge them to give support at all times.