Court orders ASUU to call off strike

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria has ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities to call off its over seven-month old strike.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been on strike since February 14, 2022 to press home the demands for improved funding for universities and a review of salaries for lecturers, among other issues.

After several meetings between ASUU and the federal government to reach a consensus ended in a deadlock, the Federal Government referred the prolonged strike by ASUU to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) for adjudication.

A press statement signed by the Head, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Olajide Oshundun, said the suit, dated September 8, 2022, was formally addressed to the Registrar of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) and signed by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.

The federal government’s counsel, James Igwe, had applied for an interlocutory injunction to restrain ASUU from continuing with the strike.

In his ruling in Abuja on Wednesday, Justice Polycarp Hamman granted the government’s application.

The judge held that the industrial action is detrimental to public university students who cannot afford to attend private tertiary institutions.

The court therefore restrained “ASUU, whether by themselves, members, agents, privies or howsoever called, from taking further steps and doing any act in continuance of the strike action pending the hearing and determination of the suit filed.”

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