Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has vowed to fire striking resident doctors of the state university teaching hospital if they fail to return to their duty posts on Wednesday.
In a statement made available to newsmen by the Secretary to the State Government, Tammy Danagogo, on Tuesday, the governor said it could not understand why doctors on its payroll joined their colleagues who are federal employees.
The statement reads: “We are therefore unable to decipher why resident doctors in the state will embark on sympathy strike with their counterparts in the employment of the Federal Government.
“To this end, the Rivers State Government having reaffirmed its position with respect to the above will not tolerate further strike actions by resident doctors in Rivers State and will be compelled to invoke the “No Work, No Pay” rule on striking house officers.
“We therefore direct all resident doctors to call off the ongoing strike in the state and return to work within 24 hours or forfeit their salaries and risk being sacked.”
The NARD members in Rivers State who had blamed the governor for not addressing outstanding issues affecting the body had also vowed not to call off the ongoing strike.
TOS NEWS reported that the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Monday embarked a nationwide strike over their welfare.