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By Nwafor Sunday

Following the order of a National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja, that it should call off its strike, the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, Friday frowned at the ruling, noting that the Association is not satisfied, hence will appeal the ruling.

Disclosing this in a statement obtained by Vanguard, NARD through Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi , President, Dr. Jerry Isogun, Secretary General and Dr. Dotun Oshikoya, Publicity and Social Secretary opined that the association has instructed its lawyers to appeal the Ruling and  file application for stay of execution.

Read the full statement below:

“Distinguished NARDITES and Colleagues, “As we are all aware, especially those that were present in court today, the NIC has given a  Ruling on the application for interlocutory injunction filed by the Federal Government. We are not satisfied with the Ruling.

“After consultations with our lawyers, we have instructed our lawyers to appeal the Ruling and  file application for stay of execution.

“On 15/9/2021, the court reserved ruling on which Application the court would take first. Our  lawyers had argued in the Court on 15/9/2021 that the Court ought to hear and determine our Notice of Preliminary Objection challenging the jurisdiction of the Court before taking the Application for Interlocutory injunction or any other application.

“The court adjourned ruling on  the argument on that issue to today. Today, the Court ruled that it would take the Government’s Application for interlocutory injunction first and our NPO would be taken and  determined along with the substantive suit.

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“Also, our lawyers drew the attention of the Court to our application for stay of execution of the  ex parte order and that the court should take that Application first. The Court insisted that the  Government Application would be taken first.

“On 15/9/21, the court ordered all parties to resume negotiations. The Government refused to  resume negotiations in line with the order of 23/8/21. Our lawyers reported this development  to the court. We have demonstrated good faith and would continue to do so.

“By the refusal of the court to hear and determine our Notice of Preliminary Objection before  taking the Government’s Application for Interlocutory injunction, we believe we have been  denied fair hearing which is a fundamental right.

“In the circumstances, we have instructed our lawyers to file necessary processes.

“We urge all members to remain calm and resolute. Everything depends on our firm resolve. We  are committed to protecting your rights within the confines of the law. We believe Justice shall  be ours ultimately.”

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