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Abuja Industrial Court orders public sector doctors to suspend strike

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The National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja has ordered doctor in public sector to suspend their 25-day strike action pending the determination of a suit brought before it by the federal government.

The case was adjourned to September 15, by Justice John Targemathe of the NIC.

He made the order on Monday while delivering ruling on an ex parte application brought before the court by the government.

The court stated that the application was granted after carefully considering the process filed by the applicants.

According to Justice Targema, “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.

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“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.”

He also ordered the issuance and service of hearing notice for the motion on notice to be served.

“This matter is accordingly adjourned to 15th September 2021 for hearing of the motion on notice and/or any other pending application.

“Hearing notice and the originating processes be issued and served on the defendant/respondent. Proof of service of same be filed in the case file before the adjourned date,” Justice Targema added.

The Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Government through the Ministry of Labour and Employment had filed an ex parte motion praying the court for an interlocutory injunction restraining the members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) in all the states of the federation from continuing with the strike action it commenced on August 2.

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