The National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has stated that the union is not moved by the court order from the industrial court and would be filing for a stay of execution on the order that mandated the lecturers to return to class.
Professor Emmanuel Osodeke made this comment while he was in an interview with Channels television after the court ruling from the industrial court. He also expressed dissatisfaction with the position of the judgement it considered that the government had faulted in the 2009 and 2017 agreements between the two parties involved.
Osodeke particularly chided the minister of labour, Dr Chris Ngige for taking the union to court when negotiation and collective bargaining between the two parties had not failed. Not minding the legal angle to the impasse, Osodeke said it was more hopeful that the National Assembly will see through its agreement to meet the president to bring the strike to an end.
He said “We are a union of intellectuals. They have given the judgment, which is the first step; we have two more steps to go. So, we are not bothered; we are not emotional. The judge has a right to give a judgment and we have a right to appeal. The union had agreements in 2009, 2017, 2020, and 2022 thrown away and all the issues were neglected. Are we happy with the state of our universities? Why are those who have money taking their children away from this country? Will this judgment solve the issues for which we embarked on strike?”
The National Industrial Court delivered a judgement on Wednesday 21st September 2022 in regards to the case filed by the Minister of Labour, Hon. Chris Ngige is against ASUU mandating the lecturers to return to classes while negotiations continue between both parties.