September 22, 2022 at 1:40 PM #40645Student VillageKeymaster
Group, parents beg ASUU to obey court’s resumption order
The stakeholders said the ongoing strike was having negative impacts on the affected students.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been urged by the Noble Youths Mass Support Association (NYMSA), a youth organization in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), to abide by the resumption order issued by the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) in Abuja on Wednesday.
Godwin Onmonya, the group’s national coordinator, claimed that the strike was harming students in an interview conducted in Gwagwalada, Abuja.
Since February 14, ASUU has been conducting a nationwide warning strike to emphasize its demands. They have made it clear that they will not stop until their demands are met.
The funding for the Revitalization of Public Universities, Earned Academic Allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS), and promotion arrears were some of the demands made by the lecturers.
At the request of Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labor and Employment, the court granted the resumption order, pending the resolution of the substantive lawsuit, in accordance with his authority over Federal Labor Laws.
Similar to this, Luka Ayuba, a Gwagwalada parent whose son was enrolled in the University of Abuja’s veterinary medicine program, claimed that the strike had diverted him.
“The kids lose focus after each strike episode, and they don’t finish high school in the allotted time.
Because their own children are not enrolled in public schools but rather abroad or in private institutions, he claimed that his only grievance was that the government officials did not share it.
Nigerian students threaten to halt political campaigns until ASUU ends strike
Political campaigns are set to commence of September 28, according to official timetable by INEC.
Until the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) calls off its strike, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has threatened to put a stop to all political campaigns in the nation.
According to the official schedule released by INEC, political campaigns will officially start on September 28.
Ojo Olumide, the chairman of the NANS National Taskforce, made the declaration on Wednesday at a press conference in Abeokuta, Ogun state.
The association warned that if the federal government does not reach a settlement with ASUU within two weeks, there will be more demonstrations across the nation. “Our blocking of access to public roads and ports is just a warning,” the association claimed.
The irritation, rage, and frustration of Nigerian students who have been at home for the past seven months will also be seen by them, Mr. Olumide warned.
“We assure them that until we return to class, we won’t permit any political campaign to take place across the nation. So many Nigerian students have fallen into depression as a result of this government. We declare that we can no longer bear the burden of this preventable crisis in our country’s public ivory towers.
The student protesters shut down major thoroughfares and the entrance to Lagos’s Murtala Muhammed International Airport on Monday.
The nationwide ASUU strike started on February 14, 2022.
We’re waiting for our lawyers advice to obey court’s resumption order: ASUU
The National Industrial Court of Nigeria ordered ASUU not to take part in further strike, pending the determination of the substantive suit.
Following the National Industrial Court of Nigeria’s (NICN) order prohibiting it from continuing its strike, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says it is awaiting legal counsel for expert advice.
This was revealed by Emmanuel Osodeke, the president of ASUU, in an interview given on Wednesday in Abuja.
The union had started the strike to demand an improved learning environment and member welfare.
The funding of the Revitalization of Public Universities, Earned Academic Allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS), and promotion backlogs are some of the demands made by lecturers.
Others include the 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement’s renegotiation and the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System’s inconsistency.
The seventh month of the strike has begun. To stop it, the federal government filed a lawsuit with the court.
The National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) has begun protesting in the meantime, closing off major thoroughfares and threatening to bar access to Lagos International Airport if its demands are not met by the government.
At the request of the Minister of Labour and Employment and in accordance with his authority as set forth in Section 17 of the Trade Dispute Act, 2004, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, the NICN granted the order pending the resolution of the substantive suit before the court.
In his decision on the federal government’s application, Justice Polycarp Hamman held that since the issues in dispute had been referred to the court, ASUU (the defendants) were to refrain from participating in any further strikes while the substantive suit was being decided.
The defense attorney for the defendants, Femi Falana, claimed that the applicants’ act had been concluded, but Justice Hamman argues that this is irrelevant and contradicts Exhibit 2 from August 29, 2022.
Workers cannot strike, according to Mr. Hamman, if the Minister of Labor has complied with relevant TDA provisions when mediating a labor dispute.
He commended the minister for acting in the country’s best interests by referring the case to the Nigerian National Industrial Court.
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