- The National Industrial Court has ordered striking resident doctors to suspend its on-going strike
- Justice Ibrahim Galadima gave the order in a ruling on an ex parte application filed by 2 civil society groups
- The judge in the ruling ordered striking resident doctors to immediately resume their duties
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The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have been ordered by the National Industrial Court in Abuja to immediately end their on-going strike which commenced on Monday, September 7.
Justice Ibrahim Galadima who gave the order in a ruling on an ex parte application ordered NARD members to immediately end the strike action and resume their duties, Channels TV reports.
The suit marked NICN/ABJ/124/2020 was filed by the Citizens Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights, and Association of Women in Trade and Agriculture.
Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF); Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the minister of health; Dr. Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and productivity, and NARD were joined as respondents in the suit.
The judge in the ruling upheld the argument of Frank Tietie the plaintiff’s lawyer and ordered the doctors to resume. The matter was adjourned till Thursday, October 8, for a hearing of the substantive motion.
Legit.ng recalls that following the failure of the government to meet their requests, resident doctors, on Monday, September 7, commenced a nationwide “indefinite strike” to press home their demand.
Aliyu Sokomba, the NARD president, who confirmed this development via a telephone call said the doctors decided to embark on strike due to the government's failure to meet their requests.
However, after the resident doctors met and reached an agreement with the federal government, they suspended the nationwide industrial action.
The president of NARD made the confirmation while speaking to Channels TV on the evening of Thursday, September 10.
Sokumba disclosed that the union would review the progress made in talks with the federal government in two weeks. The federal government and the doctors had on Wednesday, September 9, reached an agreement in a bid to end the industrial action.
NARD had disclosed during the meeting that it would liaise with the executive council with a view to calling off the strike.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Shehu Sani, a former senator representing Kaduna Central, condemned the order by the Ministry of Health to replace the striking doctors with medical consultants on the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.
In a tweet on Thursday, September 10, the former lawmaker described the statement credited to the minister of health as "absurd and impracticable."
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