On Wednesday, the Academic Staff Union of Universities said that it would challenge the Nigerian National Industrial Court’s decision ordering the union to end its ongoing statewide strike and return to work.
As a result, the strike was contested in court by the Federal Government. The application was worthy, according to Justice Polycarp Hamman, and deserved to be approved by the court.
“The scales of convenience are tipped in the applicant’s favor.
Justice Hamman declared, “I hold that this application is meritorious and that application is granted.” According to Chris Ngige, the minister of labor and employment, the Government would direct vice chancellors to reopen universities in accordance with the court ruling.
In a statement, he stated that “the Government would order the vice chancellors to reopen the universities in line with the court’s judgment.”
The minister also said that further negotiations and consultations might still be conducted by the Government despite the court’s decision.
Speaking to The PUNCH on Wednesday, National President, ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, said the union will appeal the ruling, adding that the Federal Government had denied Nigerian children their rights.
Osodeke said, “Our lawyer is filing an appeal and stay of execution of the ruling. Our members should remain calm and strong. A people united can never be defeated.
“If the FG believes that this is the best way to solve the problem, good for them. They have denied Nigerian children their rights. Nigeria as a country is going to be punished for what the FG has just done,” he said.
“You can be sure that thousands of my colleagues will leave this country. The last time we had this kind of treatment was during the military era.”
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