Court Order ASUU To Go Back To Class Room Without Resolving Issues At Hand As Students Reject Court Order.

 

Nigerian students have kicked against the decision of the national industrial court directing ASUU to call off its over 7 months of industrial action The students described the court decision as a betrayal of equity, stating that the government has failed in its responsibility to manage crises in the country According to the students, the court cannot force the lecturers back to classrooms when it cannot order the government to fund the university, meanwhile,
The federal government of Nigeran has assured that its negotiations with the  Academic staff union of universities (ASUU) would continue despite the court order directing the striking lecturers to resume work.

 

This was made known by the Minister of Labour and Employment,Chris Ngige

Speaking during a meeting in Abuja on Wednesday with members of the Nigerian Association of Medical and Dental Academics who paid him a courtesy visit in his office, Ngige said the court order is a case of ‘no victor, no vanquished.’

In his words, “The court ruling does not preclude us from going on with further negotiation and consultations.

“It is no victor, no vanquished.

“You doctors in academics are for now members of ASUU. But you are here, even though you have dissociated yourselves and you are working.

“We want to thank you for working and teaching your students.”

Ngige also commended the intervention of the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila in ensuring the strike issue is resolved.

It will be recalled that Gbajabiamila had invited certain stakeholders including government officials, ASUU leadership and others to forge a way out of the industrial action.

After the meeting, the Speaker said the leadership of the House would hold a meeting   with President Muhammadu Buhari on the matter.

“Since the house has showed interest now, it is good and wonderful. When they bring that proposal, the executive will not have any problem,” Ngige commented.

The Minister urged the striking lecturers to return to work while negotiations continue.

“ASUU should also know that this is a step in the right direction. All these things have been promised them by the minister of education at their last meeting.

“For me, they should do the needful and go back to the classroom.”

Ngige added that the federal government would soon direct vice-chancellors to reopen the universities in compliance with the order of court

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