ASUU Strike: FG orders VCs to reopen varsities, resumes all activities
The Federal government has ordered the Vice-Chancellors (VCs) of universities through National Universities Commission (NUC) reopen all federal universities, resume activities and commence lectures for students.
This is is contained in a statement signed by the Director, Finance and Accounts of the NUC, Sam Onazi, for the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed and made available exclusively to The Punch.
The letter addressed to all vice-chancellors; Pro-Chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities partly reads: “Ensure that ASUU members immediately resume/commence lectures; Restore the daily activities and routines of the various University campuses.”
ASUU commenced strike on February 14, 2022, due to the failure of the government to meet its demands including the renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement.
The now seven-month-old strike was referred to the National Industrial Court (NIC) by the federal government through its counsel, James Igwe after several meetings between the FG and ASUU yielded little or no results.
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Igwe had prayed the court to order the striking lecturers back to school in the nation’s interest, arguing that “Sections 47 of the Trade Dispute Act, TDA, gives your lordship the power to direct that no worker should continue to embark on strike pending when the applications are heard and determined.”
The ruling justice, Polycarp Hamman ruled in favour of the federal government last Wednesday, ordering the striking ASUU members to call off the strike and resume academic activities.
“The balance of convenience tilts in favour of the applicant.
“I hold that this application is meritorious and this application is granted”, Justice Hamman ruled.