The chairman of the House of Representatives’ health services committee, Representative Tanko Sununu, says a large number of medical residents working in federal institutions receive multiple salaries.
Sununu said this when briefing reporters Thursday in Abuja of the ongoing Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) strike.
“Let me give an example, in the list of names submitted to the budget office, there were many names of doctors appearing in several hospitals.
“An account receives a salary payment more than once a month, which the budget office called me if I can sign a pledge, then their salaries will be paid,” he said.
Sununu, however, said he insisted on the non-response, adding that the right thing had to be done and the list had been sorted to correct the anomaly.
According to him, those who had received several salaries and the hospitals concerned were sorted and forwarded to the committee.
He said the committee would table it in the House for necessary action, adding that the right thing must be done to end the current NARD strike.
Sununu called on the striking doctors to tamper with justice with mercy, pointing out that Nigerians believe their demands are genuine, but there are processes to get them done.
“On behalf of the speaker, the National Assembly, we pledge to ensure that everyone is respected accordingly, but we must also follow due process,” he said.
He said the allegation that the Minister of Labor and Productivity was unwilling to meet with the striking doctors was due to a lack of communication.
“I think NARD not meeting with the minister is due to a lack of communication, even while we were sitting the minister called me to keep me updated on the development, maybe this is not the exact request of NARD, but the minister is doing a lot ”. he said.