The leadership of National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, said it had asked their lawyers to appeal the ruling of National Industrial Court, Abuja Division, ordering them back to work, and to also file application for stay of execution.
Justice Bashar Alkali, while ruling on an interlocutory injunction brought against the striking doctors by the Federal government, held that the Doctors’ action, at this time of COVID-19 pandemic, was not in the interest of the country and Nigerians, and accordingly ordered NARD to suspend its strike with immediate effect and that its members should resume work immediately.
But in a statement signed by its President, Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, the Resident Doctors said they were not satisfied with the ruling of the industrial court, citing denial of fair hearing.
The doctors, under the platform of the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, have been on strike since first August 2021, in protest against alleged poor condition of work as well as some unfair government policies, and had vowed never to return to work until the Federal government meets their demands.
Plea by President Muhammadu Buhari for them to return to work was also turned down, and the court order is coming barely few days after the striking Doctors and the Federal government appeared to have been working towards an amicable resolution of issues surrounding the industrial action.