The National Industrial Court of Nigeria Sitting in Abuja has ordered the Association of Resident Doctors to Suspend the ongoing industrial action they embarked upon pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

It could be recalled that, Federal Ministry Of Health and Federal Government Of Nigeria have approached the court on the 18th Day of August, 2021 and filed a case against the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, seeking Motion Ex-Parte before the court, praying for;

Restraining members of the defendant/ respondent from in all states of the federation from continuing with the industrial action embarked on the 2nd day of August, 2021 contrary to section 41 of the trade dispute act pending the termination of substantive suit

Compelling all members of defendant/Respondent in all states of the Federation to Suspend the said industrial action commenced on the 2nd August,2021 and resume work immediately pending the determination of the substantive suit

3. AN FOR SUCH FURTHER ORDER or orders as this honourable court may deem fit to make in the circumstances.
UPON READING the Motion Ex-parte and Affidavit in support sworn to by Ahmed Nasiru, Male, Muslim, Adult and Nigerian citizen of Federal Ministry of Health Abuja, AND AFTER hearing D. E. Kaswe, Esq; for the applicant who moved in terms of the motion papers.”

The Presiding Judge, Hon. Justice J.I Targema, has in a Suit number NICN/ABJ/197/2021 ordered that;

“1. it is hereby ordered that the Claimant/Applicant and the Defendant/Respondent suspend all terms of hostilities forthwith pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.

2. 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 Process be issued and served on the Defendant/Respondent, Proof of service of same be filed in the case file before the next adjourned date.”

The Court Order as signed by the Registrar 1 of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Diana Agbenu Eko, Esq, said the Order was “Issued at Abuja, under the seal of the Court and the Hand of the Vacation Judge this 23rd day of August, 2021.”