On Wednesday, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) said that it would challenge the Nigerian National Industrial Court’s decision ordering the union to end its ongoing statewide strike and return to work.
Since February 14, ASUU has been on strike to demand, among other things, increased financing for universities and a reassessment of teachers’ pay.
ASUU discussions with the Federal Government have frequently come to an impasse.
As a result, the strike was contested in court by the Federal Government.
In order to prevent ASUU from continuing its strike while the court considers the merits of the main lawsuit, the government requested an interlocutory injunction through its attorney, James Igwe.
The application was worthy, according to Justice Polycarp Hamman, and deserved to be approved by the court.
“The balance of convenience tilts in favour of the applicant.
“I hold that this application is meritorious and this application is granted,” Justice Hamman ruled.
According to Chris Ngige, the minister of labor and employment, the government would direct vice chancellors to reopen universities in accordance with the court ruling.
“The government would order the vice-chancellors to reopen the universities in compliance with the order of the court,” he said in a statement.
The minister also said that further negotiations and consultations might still be conducted by the government despite the court’s decision.