The National Industrial Court (NIC) has adjourned the suit filed by the Federal Government against striking doctors under the umbrella of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to September 15, 2021.
According to report, the case was adjourned due to the absence of officials of the Ministry of Labour and Employment at the court, while key members of NARD and representatives of the Ministry of Health were present.
Recall that the resident doctors resumed an indefinite strike on August 2, 2021 due to the failure of the government to meet most of their demands.
Following the resumption of the strike, the government had tried all means to get the striking doctors back to work, including threatening the doctors with the “no work, no pay” rule, but all to no avail.
Furthermore, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, took the striking doctors to court over failure to fulfill their responsibilities, resulting to the NIC’s summon of the doctors to explain why the “no work, no pay” rule should not be applied against them.
However, In a briefing after the case was adjourned, President of NARD, Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, thanked Nigerians for the show of love and empathy towards their cause, as the doctors were not unaware of the people’s sufferings due to the government’s attitude to their welfare.