The Lagos Vacation Judge of the National Industrial Court, His Lordship, Hon. Justice Gerald Nweneka has granted an order of interim injunction restraining the President, General Secretary and Treasurer of the Association of Resident Doctors, Rivers State University Teaching Hospital Chapter either by themselves or servants, agents, privies, officers or otherwise whosoever called from embarking on a strike action on 6th August 2021 or any other day thereafter in Rivers State pending the hearing and determination of the substantive Motion on notice filed in the suit.
The Court also granted an order of interim injunction restraining the Medical Association from interfering with the provision of service and other works by their members in the civil service of the Rivers State pending the hearing and determination of the substantive Motion on notice filed in the suit.
Justice Nweneka made the order sequel to an ex-parte application filed by the Rivers State Attorney General through the senior learned counsel Prof. Zacchaeus Adangor SAN; adjourned the matter to Monday 23rd August 2021 for hearing and ordered that the hearing notice be served on both parties.
Recall that the following the ongoing strike action embarked upon by the National Association of Resident Doctors, Rivers State government had directed all resident doctors under the employment of the state government to call off its strike action immediately.
The Rivers State government made it known in a statement signed by Secretary to the State Government, Tammy Danagogo
The state government stated that the NARD has a right to go on strike, but that should be restricted to resident doctors that are directly under the payroll of the Federal government, particularly as the Rivers State government does not owe salaries or benefits to resident doctors in the state.
It further states that the state governments are unable to decipher why resident doctors in the state will embark on sympathy strike with their counterparts in the employment of the Federal government.
It however directs all resident doctors to call off the ongoing strike in the state and return to work within 24hrs, or forfeit their salaries and risk being sacked.