By Gbenga Sodeinde, Senior Correspondent, Ado Ekiti

The National Industrial Court, sitting in Abuja, on Monday, 7th April, 2014, gave an order restraining the Ekiti State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) from going ahead with its planned strike action.

The President of the Court, Justice B.A. Adejumo, who gave the interim injunction restraining the doctors, said the government and the generality of the people of the state may suffer irreparable loss in terms of death that may arise from non attendant of medical doctors to their health needs if they go ahead with their strike action.

The state government has dragged the NMA to the industrial court seeking an order of interim injunction restraining the association and its membership from embarking on any strike or industrial action pending the determination of the motion on notice already filed by the government, which is in the possession of the leadership of the state chapter of the NMA.

The state government in the suit no NICN/AD/01/2014 also sought an order restraining the doctors from taking any action that would halt, impede or prejudice the delivery of the services for which they and their members are engaged by the government to be rendered to the people and the government of Ekiti State.

Justice Adejumo said, “It is the order of this court that the defendant respondents in this suit are hereby individually and jointly restrained from carrying out the threat contained in the Exhibit A and B respectively pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed on April 2nd, 2014 concerning this action.

“In consequence, the defendants/respondents are hereby restrained from embarking on any strike or industrial action in any name called or in any manner pending the hearing and determination of the pending motion on notice”

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