CEM REPORT, EDUCATION | The Court of Appeal has ruled that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) must obey the Industrial Court judgment ordering the union to call off strike and resume work before appealing the judgment.
The appellate court gave the ruling on an application by the ASUU seeking permission for it to appeal against the order of the National Industrial Court which asked the striking lecturers to resume duty.
In delivering the judgment, The 3-man panel led by Justice Hamman Barka, said for ASUU to file it’s notice of appeal within 7 days, it must show evidence that it’s members have resumed work immediately.
Furthermore, the trial judge, Justice Polycarp Hamman, restrained ASUU from continuing with the industrial action pending the determination of the suit filed against ASUU by the Federal Government.
The panel held that failure to adhere to the order, will make the appeal incompetent before Court of Appeal.
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The National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) had ordered ASUU to suspend its seven-month-old strike while delivering it’s judgment on the Federal Government (FG) suit against the union on ground that not granting the injunction would only cause additional damage to the ambition of young Nigerians.