The case between the Federal Government and the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has been adjourned for 48 hours by the National Industrial Court in Abuja to enable further negotiations between both parties.
The Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment through the Minister Chris Ngige took the striking doctors to court over the abdication of duties.
The Federal Government on August 16, 2021, prayed the court to be able to apply the “no work, no pay” rule against the doctors.
However, the court adjourned the case till September 15, 2021.
Due to the inability of the Counsel of both parties to reach a resolution, the Judge, Bashir Alkali, adjourned the case till Friday, September 17, 2021.
The NARD started their strike on August 2, 2021, after the Federal Government failed to fulfill its agreement made with them through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
Chief among the 12 demands by the doctors are: the payment of salaries owed 114 House Officers who are on the GIFMIS platform, withdrawal of the circular by the Head of Service removing House Officers from the Scheme of Service, payment of death in service insurance benefits to families of 21 doctors who died of COVID-19 in the line of duty, among other demands.