Court declines to hear FG’s case striving to end ASUU strike

Court declines to hear FG’s case striving to end ASUU strike

Court declines to hear FGs case striving to end ASUU strike
Court declines to hear FG’s case striving to end ASUU strike

On Friday, September 16, the federal government’s effort to gain an order directing the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end its ongoing strike, proved abortive as the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) declined to give their application audience.

Remember that on Monday, September 12, the court adjourned the case to September 16 for further hearing.

Through its counsel, James Igwe, the federal government in court on Friday attempted to convince the court to hear its interlocutory application which it asserted is a matter of general interest as millions of students have been at home since February 14.

In his words, Igwe said;

“Section 47 of the Trade Dispute Act gives your lordship the power to direct that no worker should continue to embark on strike pending when the applications are heard and determined.”

Meanwhile, Femi Falana, ASUU’s lawyer, opposed the application which he said cannot be addressed because the business for the day is for further mention.

Falana further stated that his clients will be meeting with stakeholders, including members of the house of representatives on September 20, to dissolve the case.

The Senior Advocate in his words said;

“We are going out of our way to ensure that this matter is resolved. We are going out of our way to ensure that this matter is resolved and we appeal to the claimant to corporate with us.” 

Judging on the case, Justice Polycarp Hamman said since the matter was slated for further hearing, he would not hear the application.

Hamman stated that the application for an interlocutory injunction, which has an affidavit of urgency, would be heard first at the next gathering.

 

 

 

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