National Industrial Court orders ASUU to call off 7 months old strike

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National Industrial Court orders ASUU to call off 7 months old strike

The National Industrial Court has ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), to call off the ongoing strike.

Recall, that the over seven months old ASUU strike that 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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Delivering a ruling Wednesday, 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.

The government had claimed to have addressed most of the union’s demands including the release of N50 billion for the payment of earned allowances for academic and non-academic staff of universities but said that the union will not be paid the arrears of the strike period.

ASUU had also insisted on not calling off the lingering strike until the arrears were settled.

Following the insistence 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.

Justice Polycap who is a vacation judge ordered that the case filed be returned to the president of the Industrial Court for reassignment to another judge.