The Abuja division of the National Industrial Court, on Monday, ordered the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to suspend its ongoing nationwide strike.
The Resident Doctors Association began the strike on August 1 over “irregular payment of salaries”, among other issues.
All efforts by lawmakers to mediate between the Nigerian Government and the doctors proved abortive.
The FG then instituted a suit against the Resident Doctors asking the court for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining members of NARD from continuing with the industrial action.
John Targema, the National Industrial Court judge, ordered all parties involved in the suit to maintain status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
“Having looked especially on the affidavit of extreme urgency, the grounds of the application, the affidavit in support of same and arguments of counsel for the applicant. I also weighed the submissions and arguments of counsel on the law as it stands on this application.
“It is hereby ordered that claimant/applicant and the defendant/respondent suspend all forms of hostilities forthwith pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice,” the judged ordered.
Targema further ordered that a hearing notice be issued and other processes are served on the defendant, including the originating summons.
He said that the proof of service should be kept in the case file before the next adjourned date.
The judge also adjourned the case to September 15 for a hearing of the motion on notice and/or any other pending application on its merit.