June 2, 2023

ASUU Strike: We Acted On Court Order, Issues Still Unresolved – ASUU President

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says it called off its eight-month strike due to a court order and appeals from Nigerians.
A court of appeal had ordered the striking lecturers to return to class after the National Industrial Court ruled against the union in a case brought to it by the Federal Government.
Days after the appeal court judgement, ASUU called off the strike and ordered members to resume lectures.
But the union’s National President, Emmanuel Osodeke in an interview with newsmen yesterday, said the decision was not because issues brought by the lecturers were fully addressed.
While hoping that the intervention of the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila as promised by him will resolve the problem within a very short time, Osodeke, who blamed the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, for taking the matter to court, argued that the best way to tackle trade disputes involving academics is “negotiation”.
He, however, said the lecturers may be unmotivated going back to class if the “no-work, no-pay” policy of the Federal Government stands, maintaining that “One cannot expect a hungry man” to be at his best.

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