Strike: Return To Classroom, Appeal Court Orders ASUU
— We will Review Ruling To Know Our Next Line Of Action, Says ASUU
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja today ordered members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to end their eight-month-old strike action and return to the classroom immediately.
The court gave the order in it’s ruling to an appeal brought before it by ASUU.
The ruling was delivered by a three-man panel led by Justice Hamma Barka.
The court said it would not entertain any appeal from ASUU, until the union obeyed the order of the National Industrial Court (NIC).
It, however, granted the aggrieved varsity lecturers the leave to proceed with the 14 grounds of appeal they earlier filed to set-aside the interlocutory injunction the NIC gave in favour of the Federal Government.
In it’s preliminary reaction to the judgment, ASUU said it would review the judgement of the Appeal Court before it would determine its next line of action.
ASUU President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, told Daily Post that the union is yet to officially receive the Appeal Court ruling.
He said, “We have not received the ruling, when we get it, we will review it with our lawyer and then we can take the next step”.
It would be recalled that the National Industrial Court earlier ordered members of the union to return to work, an order for which the lecturers approached the appeal court.