Senior Advocates of Nigeria and Professors of Law who are a part of the Academic Staff Union Of Universities have decided to fight the cause of the union in a court sitting scheduled for today. This is following reports that the Federal Government has resolved to drag ASUU to court.
After so many attempts to resolve the issues between the Federal Government and the union, the almost 7 months old strike has still not been called off. From reports, ASUU claims the Federal Government is not taking the issues seriously while the FG claims to have given its best at this time to the ongoing negotiations and also ending the lingering strike.
ASUU however has listed a number of issues they are negotiating on which the federal government has refused to bend on. Some of these issues are; the adoption of the University Transparency Accountability System in paying salaries and allowances, release of the white paper report of the visitation panels to universities, the renegotiation of the ASUU-FGN 2009 agreement amongst others.
From witnesses across the various chapters of the union, ASUU, the consensus is to make use of Law experts who are a part of the union in the court hearing. Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment has asked the court to speed up the proceedings so as to ensure the strike is called off as soon as possible.
The minister said, “In view of the fact that ASUU members have been on strike since February 14, 2022, and have refused to call off the action despite the apprehension of the same, it would be appreciated if this dispute is given an accelerated hearing to bring the dispute to an end.”
From reports, a good number professionals in Law have indicated the will to plead the cause of the union in the court of law. This will not be the first time the federal government will be driving the union to court and so it seems like