JUST-IN: ASUU Holds Crucial Meeting Over Appeal Court Ruling, FG Desperation

by Oluwamuyiwa Oyedele

In response to the ruling of the Nigerian apex court sitting in Abuja, Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU recently are holding  a crucial meeting.

Recall that the Federal appeal court ordered the union to resume work with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, the details of the meeting as of the time of filing this report remains sketchy.

Last week, the federal government, locked in an eight-month long industrial dispute with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), registered two new ‘breakaway’ academic unions: the Congress of Nigerian University Academics (CONUA) and Nigerian Association of Medical and Dental Academics (NAMDA).

This development is widely seen as another attempt by the federal government to clip the wings of ASUU. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, who presented the certificates to the two unions told journalists that the new bodies would operate alongside ASUU.

Last Friday, the Court of Appeal in Abuja added to ASUU woes when it ordered the lecturers to call off the strike. Ruling on ASUU’s appeal, the appellate court said ASUU should obey the order of the National Industrial Court which directed the suspension of the strike before seeking to appeal the judgment.

The details of the meeting shortly as it unfolds…

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