Industrial Court orders resident doctors to call off strike
The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors have been restrained from continuing with the ongoing strike pending the determination of the substantive suit before it.
The National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja which made the restraining order on Friday, therefore, ordered members of the association nationwide to return to work.
The court held that there is no amount of money that will compensate for the loss of lives in the circumstances.
Justice Bashar Alkali made the order on Friday while ruling on an application by the Federal Government in the suit against NARD.
The Federal Government’s lawyer, Tochukwu Maduka (SAN), had moved his motion for interlocutory injunction, and prayed the court for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the defendant from continuing with the industrial action pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
He also prayed the court to compel the members of NARD nationwide to return to their duty posts pending the determination of the substantive suit.
He argued that resident doctors as persons who provide essential services cannot embark on strike and continuing to do so will wreck hardship on citizens.