Strike: Over hundred law professors to defend ASUU against FG as court sits today

No fewer than a hundred professors of law including Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) will likely be defending the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) against the Federal Government at the National Industrial Court (NIC), today Monday, September 12, 2022.

On Sunday, September 11, 2022, it was reported that the NIC summoned the FG and ASUU to appear before it on Monday in Abuja over the lingering strike embarked upon by the union over seven months ago.

This is coming after all efforts by President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to return the striking lecturers to class failed.

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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.

Recall that the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu had a few days ago, said the government has done its best in trying to resolve the lingering strike which has crippled learning since February 14, 2020.

It was alleged that last week, there was another negotiation talk between the government and the union which also ended in deadlock.

This made the government, through the Minister of Labour and Employment, dragged the striking university lecturers before the National Industrial Court (NIC).

However, when contacted by newsmen on Sunday, ASUU president, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke confirmed the court case, saying “that is what I was just told, I’m currently on my way to Abuja for the case”.

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Similarly, a lecturer at the University of Abuja, who preferred anonymity, said that the union will not hire lawyers, stating that ASUU would be defended by more than a hundred professors of law.

The lecturer, who is also a member of the ASUU, said some of the Professors that will appear in court on Monday are Senior Advocates of Nigeria.

“Why do we need to hire lawyers when we have over a hundred professors of law who are ready to storm the court on Monday?

“ASUU is not like any other union, this is another joke from the Federal Government. Instead of them trying to find solution to the problem, they are busy distracting the general public”, he added.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, asked the court to give the case an accelerated hearing to quickly bring the strike to an end.

The minister, in a court document, marked HMO/LAB/ISO/15, said, “In view of the fact that ASUU members have been on strike since February 14, 2022, and have refused to call off the action despite the apprehension of same, it would be appreciated if this dispute is given an accelerated hearing to bring the dispute to an end.”

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