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Fed Govt, striking doctors fail to agree on strike



After three hours of talks, the Federal Government and the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Thursday failed to reach an out-of-court settlement on the industrial action embarked upon by NARD members.

The meeting was on the advice of Justice Basha Alkali ahead of the resumed hearing of their case before the National Industrial Court (NIC) of Nigeria today.

Two days ago, the court asked lawyers to both parties to find an amicable resolution to the strike that has paralysed hospitals for weeks.

However, after over three hours of another round of meeting called by the federal government team led by Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen Chris Ngige, both parties failed to reach an understanding.

When the meeting broke into session for consultations, both sides stuck to their guns, with NARD leadership walking away.

At the parley to representing the doctors were: NARD President Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi; Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Secretary-General Philips Ekpe; NARD Chairman (Communications & Communique) Dr. Julian Ojebo.

With Dr. Ngige in the Federal Government delegation Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mamman Mamuda and National Salaries Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC) Chairman Ekpo Nta .

A source close to the meeting told our correspondent that the Federal Government team refused to shift ground to accommodate the demands of NARD.

The source said the government side rejected the new terms brought forth by NARD before the strike could be called off.

According to the source, NARD also refused to yield ground, saying this made the leadership of NARD to leave the meeting abruptly without signing any agreement with the government.

The source said: “The Federal Government refused to sign the resident doctors’ terms of settlement, and the doctors in turn refused that of the Federal Government. Both parties meet in court Friday.”

Ekpe was heard telling Ekpo that the lawyers of both sides will meet in court.

Ekpo was also heard saying the government couldn’t have agreed because of the new terms presented by NARD.

Ojebo said the association has left the negotiation with their lawyer having failed to reach an out-of -court settlement with the Federal Government.

In an interview, Ngige told reporters that the government would harmonise the old memorandum of understanding with the striking doctors.

He said: “What we propose to do was to see if we can do some addendum to that old MoU because some of the things there have been overtaken by timelines. Unfortunately we have not been able to put the Ts and dot the Is there.

“We have given them some time to go and consult with their lawyers because tomorrow is court. They have time now to go. You can see the government side is here and we are waiting for our own lawyers to come so that we will discuss.

“We are not reopening negotiation. We are looking at the ways by which the court can be told that there is a room for settlement or for further negotiation.”

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How IPPIS Has Deprived OAUTH Non-Clinical Staff of Salaries Since January



Some non-clinical members of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH) staff have lamented a delay in the payment of their salaries from January 2022 to date.

They told FIJ that the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) failed to capture their data last year, and as a result, they did not get their salaries in January, February and March.

On condition of anonymity, a staffer told FIJ that it was only in April that they were paid, but after that, their salaries did not arrive in May, June and July.

“There was a recruitment last year at the institution. Both clinical and non clinical staff were recruited,” one affected staffer told FIJ. “IPPIS came during the recruitment and captured many of the new recruits while those people not captured were promised that IPPIS would come back to capture them.”


The source said staff members who were not captured under the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) had not been paid since January.

“They paid both clinical and non clinical staffers that were not captured with GIFMIS till December last year, but from January 2022 till date, the ones that were not captured have not been paid.”

When FIJ contacted Kemi Fasoto, the hospital’s Public Relations Officer, she confirmed the development.

She said, “The university does not pay staff salaries. I have been paid, and I am a non-clinical staffer. IPPIS will come back and capture them; it is not in our hands.”

FIJ attempted to contact the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation and the IPPIS office, but phone numbers attached to them were not reachable as of press time.

FIJ also sent messages to the numbers, but there were no responses at press time.

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Oyedepo tells ‘Winners’: Be obedient




Wife of the Presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church, LFC, Worldwide, Pastor Faith Oyedepo, has urged winners to be obedient in the affairs of the Kingdom (of God).

On his part, the husband, Bishop David Oyedepo, said obedience is better than sacrifice.

The couple spoke at the church’s monthly leadership conference.

The declarations were yesterday, interpreted as a subtle endorsement of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party for the 2023 general elections, Mr Peter Obi.

Obi’s supporters have been campaigning under the alias ‘Obi-dients’.


The candidate himself visited the Oyedepos at the Ota-based church after which photos from the visit went viral as supporters lavishly shared them on social media.

Oyedepo’s wife, while citing Isaiah 1:19-20, stressed the need for Christians to be obedient to spiritual instructions to enjoy the good of the land.

Her words: “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it” (Isa. 1:19-20).

She urged the church to pray for God’s Spirit to serve and be obedient.

In his own sermon, Bishop Oyedepo, while unravelling the mystery of the covenant of obedience, said: “To be obedient is better than sacrifice. Obedience may be costly but the end result is always priceless.

“When you live your life as a seed, its impact lives for generations after you”.


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Nigeriens’ killers in S’East won’t go unpunished – Buhari



President Muhammadu Buhari

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Saturday condemned the attacks against non-indigenes and law enforcement officials by terrorists in the South-East, calling on citizens to point out the perpetrators for prosecution.

According to a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President was reacting to reports of the beheading of six Nigerien citizens and the brutal killing of some policemen at their duty posts.

He also urged community and religious leaders to speak more forcefully against the killings, stand up and defend the ethos of “our cultural and religious heritage.”


In the statement titled ‘President Buhari calls South-East killings sad and unwelcome,’ the Nigerian leader vowed that his regime will take all possible action in conducting a speedy investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Calling for their arrests he called for the help of Nigerians saying “Those who know should point at specific people who did this.”

Buhari also expressed his regime’s unwavering commitment to peace and stability in the southeast and the entire country, saying that the reports of killings anywhere were sad and unwelcome.

He offered his condolences to the families of the law enforcement agents murdered and to the government and people of Niger Republic whose citizens were cruelly beheaded by the beastly attackers.


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