Academic Staff Union of Universities obeys court order to suspend strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) resolution to suspend its indefinite strike action has being traced to last week’s ruling of the Court of Appeal which asked the union to obey an order of the National Industrial Court.

Penpushing reports that, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) decision was taken at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the union early Friday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The industrial court had, by granting an injunction sought by the Nigerian government, ordered the lecturers to suspend the strike pending the determination of the substantive suit, but source said the Nigerian Government was yet to meet the demand of the lecturers.

Penpushing further reports that, it is recalled that, few days after the Minister of Labour,Dr  Chris Ngige, referred the dispute with Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to the industrial court, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, began holding talks with the union.

The leadership of the House of Representatives, while the proceedings continued in the court facilitated meetings between Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and affected Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government.

Penpushing also reports that the government at the meeting made a staunch stance of not adopting the preferred payment platform of the lecturers, but posited that the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) will be modified to accommodate the peculiarities of the university and its staff.

The Nigerian government included, in the proposed 2023 budget, N170 billion for the revitalisation of tertiary institutions and N300 billion for salaries, but as at the time of filing this report, it was not clear if those budgetary provisions meet the demands of the lecturers.

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