Breaking: Court Orders ASUU To Call Off Strike

Breaking: Court Orders ASUU To Call Off Strike

By Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

The National Industrial Court  has ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU to return to the classroom.

Recall that the Federal Government in a suit, prayed the court to order the Union to call off its seven months strike.

ASUU has been on strike since February 14 to press home the demands for improved funding for universities, a review of salaries for lecturers, among other issues.

Several meetings between ASUU and the Federal Government had ended in a deadlock.

Consequently, the Federal Government went to court to challenge the strike.

The federal government’s counsel, James Igwe, prayed the court for an interlocutory injunction to restrain ASUU from continuing with the strike pending the determination of the referral by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.

Ngige on behalf of the Federal Government had filed the matter before the court by way of referral to resolve the issue of the ongoing strike by ASUU.

Igwe informed the court that the application for the injunction was dated Monday, Sept. 12, and was filed on the same date.

Femi Falana, counsel to ASUU, however, argued that the interlocutory injunction should be dismissed and the court should instead grant an accelerated hearing for the referral earlier filed by Ngige.

Falana in addition argued that the minister lacked the power to order the court in the referral to direct ASUU to call off its strike.

Justice Polycarp Hamman in his ruling on Wednesday dismissed Falana’s argument and granted the government’s application to call off the strike.

The leadership of the house of representatives says it will meet with President Muhammadu Buhari over the strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, said this on Tuesday after about five hours of closed-door meeting with the leadership of ASUU and Goodluck Opiah, minister of state for education, at the national assembly.

The legislators will meet with the president when he returns to Nigeria from New York, United States, although a date has not yet been set for the meeting.

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