…It’s win-win for all – NANS
NIGERIAN lecturers downing tools under the aegis of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have been ordered to call off their industrial action.
The order was made yesterday by a National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja while ruling on a motion on notice filed by federal government challenging validity of the ongoing strike by lecturers.
Restraining ASUU from continuing with the industrial action, pending the determination of the suit filed against ASUU by federal government, Justice Polycarp Hamman relied on Section 18 of Trade Dispute Act and national interest of the Nigerian students.
Reacting to the court order, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) described the ruling as a win-win situation for all stakeholders.
According to National President of NANS, Usman Barambu, federal government must not see the ruling as a victory over ASUU.
“It is a win-win situation for all, the government, the students, parents and ASUU. It is not that the court has given the government a kind of victory over ASUU or that the government has boxed ASUU to a corner. As students, we are happy about the development as it a sort of progress being made regarding how to resolve the face-off,” he said.
Meanwhile, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said it is set to appeal the order by the National Industrial Court (NIC), directing the suspension of its seven months old strike.
ASUU gave the indication in a statement signed by the Lagos Zonal Chairman, Adelaja Odukoya, yesterday.
Urging members to remain calm, Odukoya said the union’s lawyers are already filing an appeal.