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NARD REJECTS INDUSTRIAL COURT RULLING

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) say they are not satisfied with the ruling of the National Industrial Court (NIC) directing its members to return to work.

A communique jointly signed by NARD President, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, and the union’s Secretary-General, Dr Jerry Isogun, revealed that the doctors have begun the process to appeal the ruling.

The statement said” On 15/9/2021, the court reserved ruling on which Application the court would take first. Our lawyers had argued in the Court on 15/9/2021 that the Court ought to hear and determine our notice of Preliminary Objection challenging the jurisdiction of the Court before taking the application for Interlocutory injunction or any other application.

The court adjourned ruling on the argument on that issue to today. Today, the Court ruled that it would take the government’s Application for interlocutory injunction first and our NPO would be taken and determined along with the substantive suit.

Also, our lawyers drew the attention of the Court to our application for stay of execution of the ex parte order and that the court should take that Application first. The Court insisted that the government Application would be taken first.”

The statement also asked the doctors to remain calm and resolute, saying “everything depends on our firm resolve.”

It also added that they are committed to protecting the rights of the doctors within the confines of the law.

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