Obey Court Order-Ngige Tells NARDS

*We’re Not-NARDS Fires Back

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has called on members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, NARDS, to obey court order and return to their duty posts.
Ngige made the call while speaking during an appearance on a Channels television program.
According to the Minister, who is himself a medical, even as the angry doctors can continue with on-going negotiations over Disputed claims, they are under obligation to first honour a legitimate order given by a court of competent jurisdiction.
“I want to appeal to NARD for them to reconsider their position, get back to work tomorrow or next and then come back again for discussions. We have so many things to discuss,” the minister appealed.
Ngige, who alluded to the fact that he is familiar with issues relating to the reasons for the strike, rejected accusations by members of the association that he is passionate about profession, insisting that he has several family members practicing the trade.
“I have nephews who are resident doctors. I have three of them at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, UNTH Enugu, Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu. I have so many of them. I have a son who will graduate in Medicine in October. I cannot destroy the profession. I have to protect the profession too.
While ruling in an ex-parte motion filed by the federal government, the National Industrial Court, gave a restraining order in Abuja on Friday in which it mandated the resident Doctors to discontinue the on-going strike pending the determination of the substantive suit before it.
In spite of the Return-to-work order, members of the association insisted on continuing with the strike. The group disclosed this in a statement in which it reiterated its member’s commitment officials to the stroke and to continue to stay away from their work places. According to the statement, the association has already appeal against the judgement just as it equally filed for its stay of execution.
“As we are all aware, especially those that were present in court today (Friday), the NIC has given a ruling on the application for interlocutory injunction filed by the Federal Government,” the statement said. We are not satisfied with the ruling.
“After consultations with our lawyers, we have instructed our lawyers to appeal the ruling and file an application for stay of execution,” the statement by NARDS read in part.

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