BREAKING: FG orders VCs to reopen varsities, commence lectures

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Vice-chancellors have been told by the National Universities Commission of the Federal Government to reopen schools and let students go back to class.

This was written in a letter by Sam Onazi, the NUC's Director of Finance and Accounts, on behalf of Professor Abubakar Rasheed, the commission's Executive Secretary.


The letter, which was made accessible exclusively on Monday, was addressed to all federal university vice-chancellors, provosts, and chairs of governing councils.


Part of the letter states, "Ensure that ASUU members immediately resume/commence lectures; restore the everyday activities and routines of the various university campuses."

It was reported that Nigeria's national industrial court ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities to end its ongoing statewide strike on Wednesday.

Since February 14, ASUU has been on strike to demand, among other things, more money for universities and a review of lecturer pay.

Multiple discussions between ASUU and the Federal Government have reached an impasse.

Consequently, the federal government challenged the strike in court.

The government, through its attorney, James Igwe, petitioned the court for an interlocutory order prohibiting ASUU from continuing the strike pending the outcome of the substantive complaint.

On Wednesday, the lawyer for the Federal Government, James Igwe, asked the court to order the striking university professors to return to work until the outcome of the substantive case before the court.

As millions of kids have been at home for almost seven months, he said that the issue was not just urgent but also of immense national importance.

"Section 47 of the Trade Dispute Act, TDA, gives your lordship the power to direct that no worker should continue to embark on a strike pending when the applications are heard and determined,"

Igwe argued

Igwe stated that the issue must be resolved quickly so that university students can return to class, adding that failing to end the strike will cause irreparable harm not just to the students but also to the nation.

Since the dispute between FG and lectures was already in court, he argued that it would be fair and in the best interest of justice for the strike to stop.

In his judgment, Justice Hamman determined that the application was deserving of approval by the court.

Even though ASUU's lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, filed arguments against the strike, the court ruled that it hurt students at public universities who couldn't afford to go to private schools.

"The balance of convenience tilts in favour of the applicant."

Justice Hamman ruled, "I hold that this application is meritorious, and this application is granted."

The court then issued an injunction prohibiting ASUU, "whether by themselves, members, agents, privies, or by any other name," from continuing the strike action pending the hearing and determination of the suit filed.

Since then, ASUU has filed fourteen grounds of appeal to contest the order.

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