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General News of Monday, 20 September 2021

Source: www.mynigeria.com

It is contemptuous for doctors to continue their stirke despite court order - Ngige

Dr Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has said that failure of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors NARD, to comply to the court order and resume work is contempt of court.

On Friday, September 17, the court presided by Justice Bashar Alkali, ordered the resident doctors to call of their strike and resume duty as they continue the negotiations with the government.

However, the doctors have refused to resume saying that they wil appeal the court order.

According to the Labour Minister who was speaking in an interview on a television programme, 'Politics Today', on Sunday, NARD had earlier submitted 8,000 names which was later cut down to 5, 000.

He noted that some of the doctors had been recruited to service despite a hold on recruitment.

Ngige reacting to NARD insists the strike will not be suspended, stated that failure to adhere to the court order is contempt of court.

“We will not bow down against contempt but I’m not interested in those things. It is the Minister of Health and Attorney-General that can be looking into those things. My take is to invite them back and show them the degree of implementation of the MoU they signed in my office. They refused to sign but their parent body, NMA signed, consultants association signed, and others.”

The minister also indicated that an amicable settlement is underway between the government and the lawyer for the doctors, although no agreement has been reached.

“I have been speaking with their lawyer, Femi Falana but unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to me only Femi Falana that on this case.

“I spoke to him on Thursday and I know what we agreed on for them to come and sign the Memorandum of Understanding. I am not a lawyer but I have been going to court. No matter how bad a court order is, you obey it. An appeal doesn’t act as stay (of execution),” he said.

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