Court orders striking resident doctors to go back to work

Justice Galadima, in its ruling, ordered the striking doctors to return to their duty posts immediately.
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Nigerian doctors commence strike action amid coronavirus

On Wednesday, Justice Ibrahim Galadima of the National Industrial Court of Abuja ordered the members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to cease their industrial action immediately.

On September 7, the physicians went on strike over the inability of the Federal Government to address their demands.

When responding to an ex parte motion filed by the People Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights and the Union of Women in Trade and Agriculture, the judge gave the instruction.

The respondents in the suit were NARD, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.

In Wednesday's proceedings, however, the respondents were not represented in court.

The lawyer of the petitioner, Frank Tietie, who filed the case, urged the court to order the doctors to suspend their national strike immediately.

He said the strike would challenge the doctors' right to embark on industrial action and academic exercise in the pending substantive suit.

Justice Galadima, in its ruling, ordered the striking doctors to return to their duty posts immediately.

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