Court Orders ASUU To Resume Work Immediately
John Chuks Azu
The National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) in Abuja has ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to immediately suspend the ongoing industrial action.
Justice Polycarp Hamman on Wednesday held that the strike was a breach of the Section 18(1)(2) of the Trade Disputes Act, which prohibits their action.
He said the use of “shall” in the Act connotes mandatory provision not to embark on the strike pending the determination of the main suit before the court.
The judge noted that the strike has caused irreparable damage to the careers of many students in Nigeria.
Justice Hamman referred the case to the president of the court for reassignment.
Daily Trust had reported how ASUU, on February 14, 2022, embarked on the strike to demand the re-negotiation of the 2009 FG-ASUU agreement, among others.
Other demands of ASUU are the adoption of UTAS as a replacement for IPPIS as a payment platform; payment of salary arrears for academic staff; payment of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA); revitalisation funds for the universities; release of White Paper on Visitation Panels that concluded their assignment last year; and non-proliferation of state universities.
Several talks between ASUU and the government did not yield result. The Federal Government subsequently dragged ASUU to court.