ASUU strike: Court judgement not negotiable, VCs will be ordered to reopen schools – FG
Court ruling: This is coming hours after the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to immediately call off the ongoing strike and return to classrooms.
In a ruling delivered by Justice Polycarp Hamman on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, the court held that the strike was a breach of Section 18(1)(2) of the Trade Disputes Act, which prohibits their action.
The Minister also commended the intervention of the House of Representatives to resolve the ASUU debacle, expressing satisfactions with the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila’s plan to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari on the matter.
Ngige’s word: “The court ruling does not preclude us from going on with further negotiation and consultations. The pro-chancellors met Mr President and made some demands, such as topping up government offers and seeing whether there could be some bailout.
“Mr President said in considering it, he will consult stakeholders. So, he is going to consult everybody.
“If they have shown interest now, it is good and wonderful. When they bring that proposal, the Executive will not have any problem. ASUU should also know that this is a step in the right direction. And all these things have been promised to them by the Minister of Education at their last meeting with him. For me, they should do the needful and get back to the classroom.”