Industrial Court directs resident doctors, FG to suspend hostilities, as strike enters 3rd week

The National Industrial Court, Abuja, yesterday, ordered striking members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, (NARD), and the Federal Government to suspend all forms of hostilities and maintain the status quo.

The spoke while fielding questions on a television program, 

The vacation judge, Justice John Targema, in his ruling, gave the order pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.

Targema said that he granted the application after careful consideration of the processes filed by the applicants.

“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”, Targema said.

“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 judge ordered that a hearing notice be issued and other processes are served on the defendant, including the originating summons.

He said that that the proof of service should be kept in the case file before the next adjourned date.
Targema adjourned the matter to September 15 for a hearing of the motion on notice and/or any other pending application on its merit.

Recall that the doctors had commenced the strike on August 1, over irregular payment of salaries, brain drain, and other issues.

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