Court restrains Resident Doctors from continuing their industrial strike.

An interlocutory injunction has retrained striking members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) from their pending strike as the court has ordered that the strike be suspended with immediate effect.

The National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja gave the order to NARD members who have been on industrial action from September 7, 2020.

Justice Ibrahim Galadima issued the order in a ruling on an ex-parte application filed by two civil society groups, the Citizens Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights, and the Association of Women in Trade and Agriculture.

Joined as respondents in the suit marked, NICN/ABJ/124/2020, are NARD, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami; the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire; and the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige.

Ruling on the application, Justice Galadima upheld the plaintiff’s lawyer, Frank Tietie’s arguments, and ordered NARD members to immediately end the strike action.

Justice Galadima then ordered the resident doctors to immediately resume their duties pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice already fixed for October 8.

The Federal Government has been in and out of negotiations with the Doctors pleading they suspend the strike on humanitarian grounds but NARD argued that Government was taking undue advantage of them by not actualizing their part of the deal completely.

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