The National Industrial Court on Wednesday, 21st September, 2022, has ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to call off the ongoing Strike.

Delivering a ruling on the interlocutory injunction filed by the Federal government, Justice Polycarp Hamman restrained ASUU from continuing with the industrial action pending the determination of the suit.

Justice, Polycarp Hamman

Hamman said that the industrial action is detrimental to public university students who cannot afford to attend private tertiary institutions, and ordered that the case field be returned to the Industry Court president, and reassigned to another judge.

He added that the Trade Dispute Act mandates workers not to embark on strike once an issue has been referred to the industrial court.

Justice Hamman also upheld the application of the Federal Government saying it was meritorious and granted, and has refused to fine the Federal Government as demanded by ASUU.

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”, the court restrained.

The court order follows a treat by the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, which threatened not to allow any political campaign hold across the country till students of public universities return to classrooms.

Chairman, NANS National Taskforce, Ojo Olumide, announced this at a press conference in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, on Wednesday, 21st September, 2022, a week to September 28, the official date for candidates to kick-off campaign as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Story: Asma’u Sani


September 21, 2022

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