The National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja has issued an order restraining the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors from continuing with the ongoing strike pending the determination of the substantive suit before it.
Consequently, the court ordered members of the association nationwide to return to work.
According to the court, there is no amount of money that will compensate for the loss of lives in the circumstances.
The order was issued by Justice Bashar Alkali on Friday while ruling on an application by the Federal Government in the suit against NARD.
Moving his motion for interlocutory injunction, the Federal Government’s lawyer, Tochukwu Maduka (SAN) prayed the court for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the defendant from continuing with the industrial action pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
He also prayed the court to pressure the members of NARD nationwide to return to their duty posts pending the determination of the substantive suit.
In his argument, he said that resident doctors as persons who provide essential services cannot embark on strike and continuing to do so will wreck hardship on citizens.
However, the resident doctor’s lawyer, Robinson Ariyo, disagreed with the application for interlocutory injunction and urged the court to discountenance their application.
According to Ariyo, the life of a medical doctor is not less useful than the life an average human being.
In his argument, he said that justice must be balanced, not just to the government, but also to the doctors who are the field marshals in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.