The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Government in an effort to end the ongoing strike.
Earlier, the industrial court had restrained members of NARD from continuing with the action, after the federal government filed a suit against the association on August 23.
Counsel to the federal government, Tochukwu Maduka, at the court session on Wednesday, said that he has filed a case of contempt against NARD.
According to him, “Despite the order of this court that all hostilities be suspended, the defendants who render essential services have refused to call off the strike”.
On his part, re[presentative for the striking doctors, Femi Falana, revealed that he had filed a further affidavit in support of notice for stay of execution, adding that parties to go back to the negotiation table
“We had consultations on both sides with our clients and with the lawyers of the government and we have agreed to come back on Friday to report the efforts we have made.” Falana said.
However, the judge Bashar Alkali, stood down the matter for ruling, while parties in the case gathered to reach a consensus.
The National Association of Resident Doctors on August 2, 2021 embarked on an industrial strike over non-payment of its workers’ salaries among other issues, and efforts of stakeholders to mediate between the Federal Government and the resident doctors did not yield results.