Court Urges Lagos, Striking Doctors To Dialogue


The presiding Judge of the National Industrial Court, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, Justice Benedict B. Kayid while adjourning till 22 May, 2012 the suit filed by striking doctors against their eviction from official quarters, urged the doctors and Lagos State government to continue to dialogue.

When the application for stay of action was mentioned this morning, counsel to the striking doctors, Bamidele Aturu told the court that he had filed a motion before it to invoke the disciplinary power of the court to punish the defendants.

He cited the case of Ojukwu versus the Lagos State government, adding that when a matter is in court, none of the two parties should take any further action.

Aturu further told the court that the striking doctors were being evicted from their quarters while the case had been filed. In his reaction the Attorney General of Lagos State, Mr. Ade Ipaye told the court that he was served only yesterday and he needed time to react to Aturu.

Regarding the eviction of the striking doctors, Ipaye, said he was ready to sign an undertaking that pending the determination of the matter, the doctors will not be evicted from their official quarters.

In his ruling, Justice Kayid granted an accelerated hearing in the matter, and urged the parties to continue to dialogue. He also told Ipaye to sign an undertaking that the striking doctors will not be evicted.

—Akin Kuponiyi

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