National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja, FCT has moved its ruling on the ongoing dispute between the Federal Government and the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to Friday.
The presiding judge, Justice Bashar A. Alkali made the order on Wednesday after listening to submissions from both parties.
NARD’s counsel, Femi Falana (SAN), raised the issue of the court’s jurisdiction and sought that his application challenging the court’s jurisdiction be taken.
However, the counsel to the Federal Government, Tochukwu Maduka, stated that the issue of contempt was yet to be taken and argued that the issue of contempt should take precedence over the issue of jurisdiction.
He also sought time to respond to their preliminary objection.
However, Falana applied that the court should order that parties should return to the negotiation table if they were to align with the request for adjournment.
He argued that it was in line with the order of the court that had directed all parties to suspend all forms of hostility.