The National Industrial Court (NIC) has for the third time adjourned the suit filed by the Federal Government, challenging the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)strike to Wednesday, September 21, 2022.
Justice Peter Hamman fixed the date on Monday, September 19, 2022, after the lead counsel to the Federal Government, James Igwe, argued his application seeking an order of the court restraining ASUU from further continuing with the ongoing nationwide strike.
The government had approached the court to challenge the ongoing industrial action by the university lecturers.
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.
But the court, at the previous sitting last Friday, adjourned the suit until Monday (September 19) to hear the interlocutory injunction of the government.
Igwe had asked the court to give the suit an accelerated hearing due to the urgency of the matter to enable students to return to school.
He stated 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.
But counsel to ASUU and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, said the union was currently meeting with stakeholders to ensure that the matter was resolved and appealed to the government to cooperate with the union to resolve the issue.