The National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to call off the ongoing strike nationwide pending the determination of the substantive suit before it and return to work.
This order was made by Justice Bashar Alkali on Friday while ruling on an application by the Federal Government in the suit against NARD.
The court held that there is no amount of money that will compensate for the loss of lives in the circumstances.
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 (resident doctors) 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 to return to their various jobs pending the determination of the substantive suit, arguing that resident doctors cannot embark on strike because of the essential services they provide.
The resident doctors’ lawyer, Robinson Ariyo, strongly opposed the application for interlocutory injunction and urged the court to disapprove their application, arguing that the life of a medical doctor is not less useful than the life an average human being.
He further argued that both government and doctors who are the field marshals in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have the right to fairness adding that justice must be balanced between both parties.