Results of votes from chapters of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on the suspension of the current strike action by the union have started surfacing.
The national leadership of ASUU had directed the branches in various university campuses to vote for the suspension or otherwise of the lingering strike action following recent negotiations with the government as brokered by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila. Naija News reports the lecturers who are members of ASUU have been on strike since February 14, 2022, but the president of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, has said the union can call off its industrial action in a few days. Speaking during a meeting with the leadership of the House of Representatives in Abuja on Monday, ASUU President said the strike would come to an end soon. To this end, instruction was given for the branches to vote and a number of them have taken a stand as revealed in a Twitter thread by a popular Nigerian journalist, Deborah Tolu-Kolawole. Though she revealed the list is not exhaustive because she couldn’t get the decision of all the branches as there are over ninety branches, below as the universities that have voted to suspend the strike either conditionally or based on the court order. 1. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) 2. The Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) 3. University of Benin (UNIBEN) 4. University Of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) 4. Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) 5. Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) 6. University of Lagos (UNILAG) 7. Ekiti State University (EKSU) 8. University Of Calabar (UNICAL) 9. University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) 10. Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) 11. Adekunle Ajasin University 12. Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) 13. Kano University of Science & Technology 14. University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) 15. University Of Jos (UNIJOS) 16. Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) 17. Alex Ekwueme Federal University 18. Federal University of Technology Minna 19. Kebbi State University of Science and Technology Aliero 20. Usmanu Dan Fodio University Sokoto 21. Bayero University Kano (BUK).
OAU To Wait For NEC Decision
ASUU members at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) were reportedly unable to agree on a definite stand and would rather flow with the decision of the National Executive Council (NEC). The ASUU NEC meeting is expected to hold today, Thursday.
Court Okays ASUU Appeal
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been granted leave to appeal the decision of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria delivered on the 21st of September by the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja. Recall that Justice Polycarp Hamman of the National Industrial Court directed ASUU to return to classrooms after eight months of strike. ASUU which was not pleased with the ruling had on the 28th of September applied to the Court of Appeal to grant it leave to appeal against the interlocutory order of Justice Polycarp Hamman. The union also asked for an order staying the execution of the decision of the National Industrial Court pending the hearing and determination of its appeal. ASUU also held that the ruling of the National Industrial Court affects its members’ right to a fair hearing and it would be in the interest of justice to stay the execution of the decision pending the hearing and determination of its appeal. The reliefs were brought under Section 6(6) (b), 36 (1) and 243 (3) of the 1999 constitution as amended and Order 6 Rule s 1(1), and Order 10 (1) of the Court of Appeal Rules 2021. Meanwhile, Justice Hamman Barka in a ruling delivered on October 7th and released today (Thursday), granted ASUU seven days to its notice of appeal before the National Industrial Court on the condition that the order of the lower court is obeyed immediately.
This article was originally published on Naija News