The results of votes taken by chapters of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to suspend the union’s current strike have begun to emerge.
Following recent negotiations with the government that were mediated by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, the national leadership of the ASUU had instructed the branches on various university campuses to vote for the suspension or otherwise of the lingering strike action.
According to Akahi News, lecturers who are members of the ASUU have been on strike since February 14, 2022. However, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, the president of the ASUU, has stated that the union can call off its industrial action in a few days.
The President of the ASUU stated that the strike would soon end during a meeting in Abuja with House of Representatives leadership.
As a result, the branches were instructed to vote, and a number of them have done so, as Deborah Tolu-Kolawole, a well-known Nigerian journalist, revealed in a Twitter thread.
Despite the fact that she disclosed that the list is not complete because she was unable to obtain the decisions of all branches—there are over ninety branches—the universities that have voted to suspend the strike either conditionally or in accordance with a court order are included below.
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 permission to appeal the Abuja-based Court of Appeal’s decision on September 21 from the National Industrial Court of Nigeria.
Remember that the National Industrial Court’s Justice Polycarp Hamman ordered the ASUU to return to the classroom after eight months of strike.
On September 28, ASUU, dissatisfied with the decision, applied to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal Justice Polycarp Hamman’s interlocutory order.
Additionally, the union requested a stay of the National Industrial Court’s decision until its appeal is heard and determined.
ASUU also held that the National Industrial Court’s decision affects its members’ right to a fair hearing and that it would be just to delay implementing the decision until its appeal is heard and decided.
Section 6(6)(b), 36(1) and 243(3) of the 1999 constitution, Order 6 Rule s. 1(1), and Order 10(1) of the Court of Appeal Rules 2021 were used to seek relief.
In the meantime, in a ruling issued on October 7 and published today (Thursday), Justice Hamman Barka granted ASUU seven days to file its notice of appeal with the National Industrial Court subject to the immediate observance of the lower court’s order.
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