The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has released an official statement on the suspension of its 8-month-long strike on Friday.
The statement signed on Thursday by Emmanuel Osodeke, the union’s president, highlights details of the union’s decision.
ASUU SUSPENDS ITS STRIKE ACTION
“The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) held an emergency meeting at the Comrade Festus Iyayi National Secretariat, University of Abuja, Abuja, on Thursday, 13 October, 2022.
“The meeting reviewed developments since the union declared an indefinite strike action on 29 August, 2022.
“During the intervening period, the Minister of Labour and Employment, through a referral, approached the National Industrial Court (NIC) for the interpretation of “the provision of sections 4, 5, 6, 7,5 & 18 (1) of the Trade Dispute Act, Cap 78 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, whether the on-going prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities which started since 14 February, 2022 is legal even after statutory apprehension by the Minister of Labour and Employment?”
“In addition, he asked for an interlocutory order against the continuation of the strike.
“The National Industrial Court in its wisdom gave an order compelling ASUU to resume work pending the determination of the substantive suit. Given the nature of the order, and in the opinion of our counsel, there was the need to appeal the interlocutory injunction granted against our union at the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal acknowledged the validity of the grounds of the union’s appeal but still upheld the order of the lower court and ordered our union to comply with the ruling of the lower court as condition precedent for the appeal to be heard.
“NEC noted the series of meetings with the leadership of the House of Representatives led by the Hon. Speaker, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, as well as intervention efforts of other well-meaning Nigerians both within and outside government and the progress made so far.
“NEC deliberated on the commendations of the Rt. Hon. Fomi Gbajabiamila-led committee within the fear of the FCN/ASUU’s Memorandum of Action (MoA) of 2020 on the contending issues that led to the strike action. For the avoidance of doubt, the issues include:
Funding for Revitalisation of public universities
Earned Academic Allowances
Proliferation of public universities
Visitation Panels/Release of White Papers
University Transparency and Accountabiley Solution (UTAS) as a broad spectrum software to stop illegality and provide for an alternative payment platform in the university system
Renegotiation of the 2009 Agreement
“While appreciating the commendable efforts of the leadership of the House of Representatives and other patriotic Nigerians who waded into the matter, NEC noted with regrets that the issues in dispute are yet to be satisfactorily added.
“However, as a law-abiding union and in deference to appeals by the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, and in recognition of the efforts of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, and other well-meaning Nigerians, ASUU NEC resolved to spend the strike action embarked upon on 14 February 2022.
“Consequently, all members of ASUU are hereby directed to resume all services hitherto withdrawn with effect from 12:01 am on Friday, 14 October, 2022.”
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