The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has expressed dissatisfaction with the ruling urging its members to call off their ongoing strike, saying they will appeal it.
This was announced in a statement jointly signed by Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, NARD President; and Jerry Isogun, NARD Secretary-General, on Friday.
Justice Bashar Alkali, the presiding judge at the National Industrial Court (NIC), gave the order on Friday while ruling on an order of interlocutory injunction application by the Federal Government in the suit against NARD.
But according to the doctors, the court allegedly denied them a fair hearing by refusing to hear their objection, before taking the government’s application for interlocutory injunction.
NARD subsequently said it will appeal the ruling and file a stay of application, and called on its members to remain calm and resolute.
The statement read: “As we are all aware, especially those that were present in court today (Friday), the NIC has given a ruling on the application for interlocutory injunction filed by the Federal Government.
“We are not satisfied with the ruling. After consultations with our lawyers, we have instructed our lawyers to appeal the ruling and file an application for stay of execution.
“Also, our lawyers drew the attention of the court to our application for stay of execution of the ex parte order and that the court should take that application first. The court insisted that the government application would be taken first.
“On 15/9/21, the court ordered all parties to resume negotiations. The government refused to resume negotiations in line with the order of 23/8/21. Our lawyers reported this development to the court. We have demonstrated good faith and would continue to do so.”
Resident doctors in Nigeria under the aegis of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) commenced an indefinite strike on August 2 over the alleged inability of the government to meet the association’s 12-point demand.
The Federal Government had through a statement issued by Charles Akpan, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, on 20 August, announced that it had reached a new agreement with the doctors in a bid to end the three-week-old strike carried out by the latter.