Court gives resident doctors, FG 48 hours to resolve issues

THE National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday, gave the Federal Government and the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, (NARD), forty eight hours grace to reach resolutions over the ongoing industrial actions.

Presiding over the mater, Justice Bashir Alkali adjourned the case till September 15, 2021, to enable further negotiations between both parties.

The Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment through it’s Minister, Dr. Chris Ngige took the striking doctors to court over the abdication of duties.

The Federal Government had on August 16, 2021, prayed the court to be able to apply the “no work, no pay” rule against the doctors.

The NARD started their strike on August 2, 2021, after the Federal Government failed to fulfill its agreement made with them through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Among the twelve demands by the doctors are: payment of salaries owed 114 House Officers who are on the GIFMIS platform, withdrawal of the circular by the Head of Service removing House Officers from the Scheme of Service, payment of death in service insurance benefits to families of 21 doctors who died of COVID-19 in the line of duty, among other demands.

The judgement has attracted responses from stakeholders

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