The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been ordered by the National Industrial Court to end its current strike.
Justice Polycarp Hamman issued a ruling on the interlocutory injunction requested by the Federal government, preventing ASUU from carrying out the strike until the lawsuit’s outcome.
The matter should be sent back to the Industrial Court president for reassignment to another judge, according to Justice Hamman, a vacation judge.
The judge also ruled that public university students who lack the financial means to attend private postsecondary schools are negatively impacted by the strike.
He claimed that after a dispute has been referred to the industrial court, workers are prohibited from going on strike under the Trade Dispute Act.
Justice Hamman also upheld the Federal Government’s application, stating it deserved approval.
In light of this, the court prohibited “ASUU, whether, by themselves, members, agents, privies or whosoever summoned, from taking further measures and doing any act to prolong the strike action pending the hearing and determination of the suit filed.”
As requested by ASUU, the judge declined to impose a fine on the federal government.
This decree was issued shortly after the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) threatened to prevent political campaigns from taking place nationwide until public university students returned to their classes.
On Wednesday, a few days before September 28, the formal day set by the Independent National Electoral Commission for candidates to begin their campaigns, Ojo Olumide, the chairman of the NANS National Taskforce, made this announcement at a news conference in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State.
“Our blocking access to public roads and ports is just a warning. If the government fails to conclude all the negotiations and agreements with ASUU within two weeks, they will witness more protests and rallies all over the country. They will also witness the annoyance, anger and frustration of Nigerians Students who have been at home for the past seven months.