Nigerian students reject court judgment ordering ASUU to call off its 7-month strike

Nigerian students reject court judgement mandating ASUU to call off its 7 month strike

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has opposed a court ruling that mandated the Universities Academic Staff Union to call off its 7-month strike.

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria today, September 21, ordered ASUU to call off its ongoing nationwide strike.

Reacting in a statement, NANS national public relations officer Giwa Temitope called the decision a “black market judgment”.

Temitope said the decision betrays fairness because the federal government shouldn’t be dragging the university union to court in the first place.

The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to news of a court judgment requiring the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its 7-month strike. As an association, we feel troubled to read the news of the judgment because we believe it betrays fairness.

“Ordinarily, the federal government is not supposed to have taken ASUU to court. But the fact that it had to take ASUU to court is a signal that this government cannot handle the crisis. And we want to state categorically that the court cannot force ASUU members back into the amphitheaters.

“And, as it stands today, with this judgment of the court, we maintain that the court has not resolved the problem and we reject the judgment in strong terms. The court could have said that the federal government should go pay rather than say lecturers We expected the court to understand that lecturers are on a personal service contract and therefore cannot be compelled to perform a service they do not want to perform .

“The only remedy for this strike action is for the federal government to accede to ASUU’s demands that the government voluntarily entered into with them and properly fund education.”

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