The National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja has ordered resident doctors to suspend their industrial action with immediate effect.
Justice Bashar Alkali who delivered the ruling on Friday held that the applicants were able to show that unless this application is granted, so many Nigerians will lose their lives most especially as the country is experiencing an upsurge in this third wave of COVID-19.
“It is my firm belief that if the court does not intervene at this stage, there is no amount of money that can compensate the lives of Nigerians who would lose their lives if the members of the defendants continue with their strike, ” the judge said.
The ruling was on the application for interlocutory injunctions filed by the claimants – the Federal Ministry of Health and Federal Government of Nigeria.
The counsel to the Federal Government, Mr Tochukwu Maduka, who had moved the motion for the interlocutory injunction, urged the court to issue an order restraining the defendant from continuing with the industrial action pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
He contended that the resident doctors cannot continue to embark on the strike as such will cause great hardship for the citizens.
While delivering his ruling, Justice Alkali said: “I find the application meritorious and I resolve the lone issue for determination in favour of the claimant applicant.
“I grant all the prayers as contained in the face of the motion paper and in effect, I hereby grant an order of interlocutory injunction that members of the defendant respondent in all the states of the federation are hereby restrained from continuing with the industrial action embarked on since on the second day of August 2021 pending the determination of the substantive suit.
“Also, I hereby order all members of the defendants/respondents in all the states of the federation to suspend the said industrial action commenced on the second day of August 2021 with immediate effect and to resume work immediately pending the determination of the substantive suit.”