The National Industrial Court has again adjourned the suit filed by the Federal Government, challenging the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)strike to Monday, September 19, 2022.
Recall that the court had summoned the FG and ASUU to appear before it on Monday, September 12, 2022, in Abuja over the seven-month-old strike.
But at the first hearing, Justice Polycap Hamman adjourned the matter till Friday, September 16 (today), to enable both parties to file the necessary papers for the suit.
However, at the resumed sitting on Friday, the court announced that the case is further adjourned till next week Monday.
The counsel to the FG, James Igwe, earlier asked the court to give the suit an accelerated hearing due to the urgency of the matter to enable the students to return to school.
Igwe told the court that since the matter was already in court, it would be proper for the strike to be called off, pending the determination of the suit.
The ongoing ASUU strike which has grounded academic activities in public varsities in the country started on February 14, 2022.
ASUU, among others things are demanding the release of the revitalisation fund for universities, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, deployment of the University Transparency Accountability System for the payment of salaries and allowances of lecturers, release of the white paper report of the visitation panels to universities and the renegotiation of the ASUU-FGN 2009 agreement.