The National Industrial Court, Abuja on Wednesday, September 16, ordered the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), to cease its industrial action immediately.
Delivering a ruling in an order of interim injunction, the vacation judge, Justice Ibrahim Galadima, also ordered that NARD resume duties forthwith pending the determination of the pending Motion on Notice.
Galadima made the order sequel to an ex parte application filed by Frank Tietie, counsel to the applicant, Citizens Advocacy for Social & Economic Rights, and Association of Women in Trade & Agriculture.
In the application, the applicant had prayed for an interim order of the court directing the NARD, being a provider of the essential services of health necessary to the fundamental right to life, to immediately cease its strike action and resume duties forthwith pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.
The court after granting the prayer also fixed Oct. 8, for the hearing of the substantive suit.
Joined as co-respondents in the motion is the Minister of Health, Hon. Minister of Labour & Productivity and Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
1st News had reported that the resident doctors embarked on the strike on Sept. 7 to resolve issues bothering on group life insurance for doctors and other health care workers.
Part of their grievance was also payments of death-in-service benefit to next of kin/beneficiaries; universal implementation of the medical Residency Training Act in all federal and state hospitals.
The doctors equally wanted the review of the hazard allowance of healthcare workers and payment of the COVID-19 inducement allowance.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State government, on Tuesday, September 15, pledged to commence payment; of the new minimum wage/consequential adjustments to the tertiary institution workers.
1st News had reported that workers of tertiary institutions in the state had staged protests on Monday; with the Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University, Ojo, Olanrewaju Fagbohun; locked out by the aggrieved workers of the institution.
However, a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Education, Tokunbo Wahab; stated that workers of tertiary institutions belonging to the Lagos State Government will start receiving the new minimum wage from October 2020.
The statement also reads in part: “Following a meeting of relevant stakeholders on the agitations for the implementation of the new minimum wage held on Tuesday 15, 2020; it is hereby notified that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has affirmed the state government’s commitment; to paying the new minimum wage/consequential adjustments; to all staff of all state-owned tertiary institutions with effect from October 2020.
“Government, therefore, expects that normalcy is sustained; as we collectively strive to ensure a guaranteed future for our students and the institutions.”