The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) was told on Wednesday by the National Industrial Court to end its seven-month strike.
Recall that ASUU went on strike on February 14 because the government had not complied with its demands, which included funding for tertiary institutions and a review of lecturers’ pay and benefits.
But months after the strike, the federal government, represented by James Igwe, petitioned the industrial court to obtain an interlocutory injunction preventing ASUU from continuing with the strike while the substantive lawsuit was being decided.
On September 21st, Justice Polycap Hamman issued an order suspending the strike.
The court cited section 18 of the Trade Dispute Act and claimed that by granting the Federal Government’s request, he was acting in the best interests of Nigerian students nationwide.
However, this comes after Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, the National President of ASUU, issued a dire warning that a court-ordered return to the classroom will destroy the educational system.