Ifeoma Nwovu FRCN
The National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD in all the 36 states of the Federation to immediately call off its strike action to resume duties forthwith until the hearing and determination of the motion on notice challenging their action.
The vacation Judge, Justice John Targema, also ordered the Federal Government to suspend all forms of hostilities and maintain the status quo.
Justice Targema said he granted the application after careful consideration of the processes filed by the applicants.
He further ordered that a hearing notice be issued; and along with other processes, be served on the respondent and proof of service kept in the case file before the next adjourned date.
Justice Targema, therefore, adjourned until the 15th of next month for the hearing.
The Ministry of Health and the Federal government through the Ministry of Labour had approached the court through an exparte motion, praying for an order of the court to restrain members of the respondent in all States of the Federation from further continuing with the industrial action they started on the second of this month.
In the meantime, the striking resident doctors remained adamant, as the Federal Government hailed the ruling of the Industrial Court, NIC.
National President of NARD, Dr. Osakhuesuyi Uyilawa, said that untill the doctors were served with court papers, the strike continues.