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Resume Work Immediately, Appeal Court Orders ASUU

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has been ordered by the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, to resume work immediately.

It gave the order while ruling on an application by the union, seeking permission for it to appeal against the order of the National Industrial Court, which had also ordered the striking lecturers to go back to classes.

The Industrial Court had granted an interlocutory order, after an application by the Federal Government, directing them to resume work, pending the resolution of their dispute with the government.

Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), who is counsel to ASUU, appealed the order, seeking the leave of court to file an appeal against the order of the Industrial Court.

However, although the appellate court, in its ruling, granted the union “conditional leave to appeal the order of the Industrial Court”, it insisted that lecturers, should, with effect from today, October 7, obey the order of the lower court.

A three-member panel, led by Justice Hamman Barka, said for ASUU to file its notice of appeal within 7 days, it must show evidence that its members have resumed work as directed by the court.

According to it, the appeal will be incompetent if it fails to adhere to the order.

Georgewill Abraham, justice of the Court of Appeal, had earlier asked the FG and ASUU to explore the option of an out-of-court settlement in resolving the ongoing strike, which started on February 14.

He suggested that parties take 24 hours to dialogue and come up with a resolution that would make Nigerians happy.

The judge told counsels to both parties that, “There is time for everything; time for war and time for peace.

“As ministers in the temple of justice, we want to see the two of you as senior lawyers to encourage and explore an amicable settlement of this dispute.

“In fact, we expect to return to this court on Thursday with good news that the dispute has been thrashed out and all the appreciation of Nigerians will go to you,” he added.

However, when the matter came up for hearing yesterday, Falana and James Igwe, the FG’s lawyer, told the Court of Appeal that both parties could not resolve the dispute.




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