The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha has urged striking resident doctors to accept every invitation for negotiation with the Federal Government.
Boss Mustapha made the call on Monday while flagging off the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination at the Federal Medical Centre in Jabi, Abuja.
The SGF called on the medical practitioners to give the ongoing industrial action a rethink.
“Respond to every invitation for negotiation and discussion to bring to an end the continuous strike action that is affecting the health administration infrastructure,” the SGF said in his appeal to members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).
As the country begins the second phase of vaccination, Mustapha who doubles as Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, said vaccines have proven to be the game-changer in Nigeria’s response to the virus.
According to him, the vaccines are “our only hope out of COVID-19”.
Senator Ibrahim Olororiegbe who also spoke at the event appealed to the striking doctors to embrace moves for negotiation.
The lawmaker and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health said human resources is a big challenge in Nigeria, noting that the money the doctors are requesting has already been provided and is being processed.