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Doctors suspend warning strike in Ekiti

09 April 2014, 12:47

Ado-Ekiti - Members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Ekiti on Tuesday announced the suspension of their three-day warning strike.

 The suspension followed a court injunction secured by the state government at the National Industrial Court (NIC) in Abuja on Tuesday which declared the strike illegal.

Dr Obitade Obimakinde, the Chairman of Ekiti chapter of the NMA, confirmed the development in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday.

He said the action was being reviewed because “doctors are known to be respecters of law’’, adding that the association would do nothing to undermine the nation’s constitution and its laws.

According to him, the suspension will affect the total strike that would have followed.

 The state government had in a suit number NICN/AD.01/2014 urged the court to order the NMA and the state government to maintain status-quo in the matter.

The suit was filed on behalf of the government by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Wale Fapohunda, at the Abuja Judicial Division of the NIC.

The President of the Court, Justice B.A. Adejumo, granted an interim injunction restraining the doctors from going on strike pending the determination of the substantive suit.

 The ex parte motion was supported by an affidavit sworn to by the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Olusola Fasubaa.

The court papers containing the judgment which was signed by the National Industrial Court Principal Registrar (I), Olurotimi Williams, was made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday.

Joined in the suit were the Nigerian Medical Association, Ekiti branch, its Chairman, Dr Obimakinde Obitade and Secretary, Dr Kamil A. Alabi.

The three-day warning strike was called to press for implementation of approved CONMESS salary structure for doctors working at primary health care level in local government areas and release of grants for the running of secondary health institution, among other demands.

 - NAN

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