February 24, 2024
Strike: FG varsity managements in stormy session may direct reopening of schools

FG orders VCs to reopen varsities, commence lectures

Vice chancellors have been instructed by the Federal Government to reopen institutions and for students to continue lectures through the National Universities Commission.


This was stated in a letter written by Professor Abubakar Rasheed, the commission’s executive secretary, and signed by Sam Onazi, the NUC’s director of finance and accounts.


A letter issued to all vice chancellors, pro chancellors, and chairs of governing councils of federal institutions was made exclusively available to The PUNCH on Monday.


Part of the letter states, “Ensure that ASUU members promptly resume/commence lectures; Restore the regular activities and routines of the various University campuses.”

According to GISTLOADEDGISTLOADED, Nigeria’s national industrial court ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities to end its current statewide strike on Wednesday.

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ASUU had been on strike since February 14 in an effort to emphasize its demands, which included more financing for institutions and a review of professors’ pay among other things.


ASUU and the Federal Government have held a number of discussions that have come to a standstill.


As a result, the Federal Government filed a lawsuit to oppose the strike.


In order to prevent ASUU from continuing its strike while the court is still deliberating the merits of the substantive lawsuit, the government requested an interlocutory injunction through its attorney, James Igwe.


On Wednesday, James Igwe, the federal government’s attorney, asked the court to force the striking university teachers to resume work in the interim while the court considered the case’s main issues.

Since millions of students have been at home for more than seven months, he insisted that the situation is not just urgent but also of significant national significance.


Igwe claimed that Section 47 of the Trade Dispute Act (TDA) gave his lordship the authority to order that no worker should go on strike while the applications were being heard and decided.


University students must be able to return to their studies as soon as possible, according to Igwe, who also warned that if the strike wasn’t called off, the nation as a whole will also suffer irreparable harm.


He claimed that as the court had previously been asked to rule on the disagreement between the FG and the lecturers, suspending the strike would be appropriate and in the interests of justice.


Justice Hamman concluded in his decision that the application was meritorious and merited the court’s approval.

The court found that the strike action was damaging to public university students who cannot afford to attend private tertiary institutions, while dismissing arguments ASUU voiced through its attorney, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN.


“The scales of convenience are tipped in the applicant’s favor.


Justice Hamman declared, “I hold that this application is meritorious and that application is granted.”


An order was subsequently issued by the court prohibiting ASUU from continuing its strike “whether by themselves, members, agents, privies or howeversoever called, from taking further steps and doing any act in continuance of the strike action, pending the hearing and determination of the suit filed.”


Since then, ASUU has appealed the order on 14 grounds.


FG orders VCs to reopen varsities, commence lectures

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