ASUU Reacts To Industrial Court Ruling

<strong>ASUU Reacts To Industrial Court Ruling</strong>

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has said it is set to appeal the order by the National Industrial Court (NIC) directing the suspension of its seven months old strike.

A  statement sent to members of the union on Wednesday by the Chairman of Lagos Zone of ASUU, Adelaja Odukoya, the union urged its members to remain calm as its lawyer is already filing an appeal.

Renowned human rights activist, Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), is the counsel to ASUU.

The statement  titled; “NIC Back to Work Order on ASUU: Be Calm”, urged members and Nigerians to remain united, even as it suggested that the order would be vacated.

“Our Comrade President, Comrade Victor Osodeke, has urged members of our Great Union to remain calm as there is no cause for alarm on the back to work order delivered earlier today.

“Our lawyer is filing an appeal and stay of execution of the judgment. Members should remain resolute and strong. A people united can never be defeated. Solidarity without compromise,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Ebonyi State University Chapter, Comrade Ikechuku Igwenyi,  has described the court judgement mandating public universities’ lecturers to return to the classrooms as a declaration of war by the Federal Government against members of the union.

Igwenyi  stated that the Federal Government has declared war against lecturers using weapons of forced labour, hunger, and starvation through non-payment of seven months’ salaries.

The Comrade also pointed out that invoking the “No work, no pay” policy exposed the government’s lack of understanding of the nature of the contract between the lecturers and their employers.

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