Strike: Obey Court Ruling; Go Back to Classrooms, FG tells ASUU
The federal government, yesterday, urged the striking public university lecturers to heed the ruling of the National Industrial Court by calling off the seven-month old strike and return to the classrooms.
Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, who made the government position known, advised the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to obey the court ruling and call off its ongoing nationwide strike, while negotiations are ongoing……Continue Reading
He gave the advice while speaking with newsmen in New York on the sideline of the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 77).
Ngige said: “I’m not ASUU but the maximum in law is that when there is a court judgement or ruling or order you must first obey and then we can apply for an appeal if you so desire or apply for stay, that is stay of execution.
“So, the maximum in law, jurisprudence and everything about the law, is that you obey the court’s ruling, judgement or order, no matter how bad.
“So, we expect them to get back to the classrooms but that doesn’t foreclose negotiations, the negotiations should be on as a matter of fact, it will be on officially and non-officially. For example, the House of Representatives had invited us to come and brief them. And together, they are stakeholders.
“You heard Mr. President said to the committee of Pro-Chancellors, when they visited him, that he would do consultation as per the two request on putting an icing on the cake, on the government’s offer to ASUU members and the issue of resettlement fund to cushion the effect of the ‘no work no pay’ situation they found themselves.”