The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has threatened striking doctors that the Federal Government may stop paying their salaries if they do not resume to work.
He said this on Friday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
According to Ngige, the Federal Government is empowered by labour law to stop paying salaries of the striking workers.
He also said the Federal Government has an option of employing local doctors.
Reports had it that members of the National Association of Resident Doctors began “a total and indefinite strike” on Thursday.
The doctors are demanding payment of salaries of house officers and an upward review of their N5,000 hazard allowance among others.
The minister, however, said medical council and Office of the Accountant General have been told “what to do” to ensure that the doctors suspend their industrial action.
He said, “Immediately after the holiday, I will talk to them again. I have told the medical council and accountant general what to do to make sure. Only 23 institutions are involved, not all institutions. I want to know what they (medical council and accountant general) have done by Tuesday.