Breaking: Asuu May Suspend Strike Today

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Asuu meeting 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will hold a meeting on Sunday in response to the Appeal Court's ruling ordering the union to suspend its 8-month-long strike with immediate effect. The union would be meeting in response to the ruling, which ordered the union to end its strike immediately (today).

Remember that on Friday, the Appellate Court told striking professors to follow the earlier ruling of the National Industrial Court, which said that the union must stop its long-running industrial action while negotiations continue.


Remember that ASUU shut down all of the country's public colleges on February 14, this year, in order to get the Federal Government to fully carry out past agreements with it.

On September 11, the administration, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, took ASUU to the National Industrial Court because the government and other parties had been unable to reach a deal with the unhappy academics.

The court ordered the union to return to the classroom on September 24 while negotiations with the federal government continue.


However, dissatisfied with the verdict, ASUU filed an appeal with the appellate court.


But on Friday, the Appellate Court said that the union must follow the lower court's order and stop the strike right away until the main case is resolved.


Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, president of ASUU, said in response to the verdict on Friday, that the union would analyze the Appeal Court's judgement before determining its next course of action.


He said, "We haven't gotten the ruling yet, but once we do, we'll talk about it with our lawyer before moving forward."


Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, said on Friday that schools are being watched by labor inspectors in all of the federation's states to make sure they are following the Court of Appeal's decision.


"I've instructed labour controllers in the states and zones to visit the schools to see whether or not the vice-chancellors have opened the doors.


He said on a Channels TV show, "They will be charged with contempt if they don't comply."



A member of the union who requested anonymity, on Saturday said that the National Executive Council of ASUU will meet today to review the Appeal Court's decision.


He stated, "The judgement of the Appeal Court will be reviewed critically on Sunday, and only then will we know the destiny of the Nigerian students who have been forced to remain at home for nearly eight months owing to the Federal Government's carelessness."


"Ngige and the Buhari administration failed to realize that even if they compel the union to start work, they cannot compel lecturers to teach Nigerian students whose futures are in jeopardy."


In response to a request for confirmation, the ASUU president merely stated, "We do not publicize our meetings because they are private."

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