BREAKING: Appeal court orders ASUU to suspend eight-month-old strike immediately

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has ordered members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to suspend their eight-month-old strike and resume work with immediate effect.

The appellate court on Friday, October 7, 2022, gave the order in a ruling on an application by the ASUU seeking permission for it to appeal against the order of the National Industrial Court (NIC) which asked the striking lecturers to resume duty.

Recall that ASUU has been strike since February 14, 2022, which has grounded academic activities in public varsities started on February 14, 2022.

The union is demanding the release of revitalisation funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

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The government had claimed to have addressed most of the union’s demands including the release of N50b for the payment of earned allowances for academic and non-academic and non-academic staff of universities but said the that the union will not be paid the arrears of the strike period.

ASUU has also insisted on not calling off the lingering strike until the arrears are settled.

Following instance of ASUU not to resume, the federal government, through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige dragged the striking university lecturers before the National Industrial Court (NIC).

But delivering a ruling on the interlocutory injunction filed by the government, on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, Justice Polycarp Hamman restrained ASUU from continuing with the industrial action pending the determination of the suit.

Miffed by the ruling, ASUU through it’s counsel, Femi Falana SAN headed to the appellate court to seek redress.

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At the Appeal Court, ASUU filed an application dated September 28, seeking the leave of court to file an appeal against the industrial court order.

But in it’s ruling, the Court of Appeal which granted ASUU “conditional leave to appeal the order of the Industrial Court” insisted that ASUU must obey the order of the lower court with effect from today, October 7.

The 3-man panel led by Justice Hamman Barka, said for ASUU to file it’s notice of appeal within 7 days, it must show evidence that it’s members have resumed work October 7.

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