Abuja Doctors to Embark on Strike Today Over COVID-19 Hazard Allowance
The Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Capital Territory Administration chapter (ARD-FCTA), said that it will embark on strike today (Tuesday) over non-payment of their COVID-19 hazard and inducement allowances; and the variation of the 2018 promotion exercise implemented.
This decision was disclosed in a fresh communiqué issued at the end of ARD-FCTA emergency meeting held both physically virtually in Abuja on Monday and co-signed by the chairman of ARD-FCTA, Dr Roland Aigbovo and General Secretary, Dr Mustapha Ibrahim.
The ARD-FCTA said it will embark on strike after the expiration of a 14-day ultimatum given to the FCTA over the issues in the communiqué submitted to the administration dated August 14, 2020.
The association said the strike would not be called off until their demands were met.
The communiqué reads in part, “Due to the insensitivity displayed by the Office of the Permanent Secretary, FCT, and widespread agitations among our members in the various FCT hospitals and isolation/treatment centres, we regret to notify the administration and by extension the general public that the association would embark on an indefinite strike action with effect from 8am, 1st September 2020 until the payment of the COVID-19 hazard and inducement allowance is received and the variation of the 2018 promotion exercise implemented.
“We regret any inconveniences this might cause the Federal Capital Territory Administration and the general public needing healthcare delivery during this period.
“We implore the FCT Administration to also look into the other myriads of problems raised in our earlier communication to the administration dated 14th August, 2020 with a view to resolving all pending issues so as to maintain industrial harmony.”
Pfizer, BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to be Available to UK Resident on Dec 7
The United Kingdom is planning to approve Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in a few days, according to government officials.
According to the officials, deliveries of the COVID-19 vaccine would begin a few hours after authorisation and the first injections could take place on December 7.
UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has named Nadhim Zahawi, the current junior business minister, as the minister responsible for the deployment of the vaccines.
Britain said on Nov. 20 it had formally asked its medical regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), to evaluate the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for its suitability, the first step in making it available outside the United States.
The UK ordered 40 million doses of the two-shot product, which the preliminary data showed to be more than 95 percent effective.
Npower News: CBN Job Options for Exited Npower Beneficiaries
The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria has launched an online portal called N-Exit to enable exited Npower Beneficiarieas apply for Central Bank of Nigeria Empowerement Options.
The ministry stated a statement signed by Bashir Nura Alkali, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry.
Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, urged interested exited npower beneficiaries to log on to the portal and add other additional information required for placements into the CBN intervention options.
The minister also stated that the NEXIT Portal will determine the suitability of the interested exited beneficiaries of Npower for teh CBN affiliate programes.
The statement reads, “The NEXIT portal is to determine the suitability of the beneficiaries for the CBN affiliated programs and is dependent on meeting the criteria and conditions set by the CBN for the said programs”.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria is very proud of the milestones you have achieved during your period of service to the nation. As we prepare to exit into prospective endeavors, we are confident that you will be able to channel all you have learnt over the years into successful ventures that will improve the economy of the country and create further opportunities for you and other citizens.
“Chasing a dream requires effort, passion and hard work which you are now halfway through. I congratulate you and wish you a very successful future”.
ASUU Expects to Call Off Strike Today as More Universities Accept FG’s Offer
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is expected to call off the ongoing strike later today or tomorrow following reports that most universities under the union have accepted government’s offer.
Last week, the government exempts ASUU from the controversial Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and offered to raise Earned Academic Allowance (EAA) from N30 billion to N35 billion and the revitalisation fund from N20 billion to N25 billion.
Therefore, the Federal Government offered the union a total sum of N65 billion and IPPIS exemption to call of the strike.
While some universities like the Ahmadu Bello University Branch had accepted the offer and insisted payment should be made before the union call of the strike, the Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi (UAM) ASUU voted to continue with the strike until government implements what was offered during the negotiation.
Ezekiel Agbalagba, the Chairman of ASUU at the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE), Delta State, said the congress accepted the EAA offer but rejected the N25 billion for the revitalisation of the universities.
However, Nigerians expect the union to call of the strike today or tomorrow after today’s meeting between the Federal Government and ASUU.
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