The National Industrial Court, on Friday ruled that the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, NARD should suspend its ongoing strike.
Justice Bashir Alkali granted an interim order compelling the resident doctors to resume work pending the determination of the substantive suit.
The order followed a suit filed by the Federal Government filed before the court, challenging the legality of the strike action.
FG, alongside the Federal Ministry of Health, had insisted that resident doctors embarked on the strike action, without proper notice as provided by the extant laws.
During court proceedings, counsel to the Federal Government, Mr. Tochukwu Maduka, argued that the resident doctors had at different times walked out of the negotiation table, adding that there have been interventions from the President, Vice President and the National Assembly, but NARD has refused to shift grounds.
However, in his defense counsel to the resident doctors, Mr. Femi Aborishade, told the court that the Minister of Labour, invited NARD to a meeting with his aides who brought additional documents of settlement, proposing a term of settlement.
He explained that NARD never walked out of the meeting.
Meanwhile, Alkali, in his ruling order that both parties return to the negotiating table and report to the court.