The National Industrial Court in Abuja on Thursday ordered the striking members of the Joint Health Sector Union to suspend its ongoing strike action and resume duties nationwide within 24 hours. The order was given by Justice Babatunde Adejumo after giving ears to the submissions of Mr. Okere Nnamdi in an ex-parte motion which was filed by a non-governmental organization.
The NGO known as Incorporated Trustees of Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International prayed the court to order the workers to go back to work and return to the negotiation table. Meanwhile, Adejumo, who is also president of the NICN ordered that the ministers of Health, Labour, and Employment alongside others immediately institute a committee to tackle the issues raised by labor.
He demanded that the parties involved should strive to agree on an acceptable and amicable solution in the interest of the citizens who were now bearing the consequences of the strike action. He also ordered the President and Vice President of JOHESU to be present at the negotiations. He advised that factors like provisions of national salaries as well as income and wages act should be considered during the negotiations.