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    ASUU leadership directs members to resume monday

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    By Abdul Lawal, Abuja

    After eight months of Industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), its President Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke on Friday directed all its members to resume all services hitherto withdrawn with effect from 12:01 on Friday, 14th October 2022.

    This directive was contained in a statement issued today by, Prof Osodeke to officially give stamp to the decission of ASUU to suspend the months long strike by the Acamedic union which commenced February 14th 2022.

    The National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU held an emergency meeting at the Comrade Festus lyayi National Secretariat, University of Abuja, Abuja, on Thursday, 13th October 2022 to review developments since the union declared an indefinite strike action on 29th August and the various intervention by different stakeholders to end the impasse.
    During the intervening period, the Minister of Labour and Employment, through a referral, approached the National Industrial Court (NIC) for the interpretation of “the provision of sections 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 18 (1) of the Trade Dispute Act, Cap T8 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, whether the on-going prolonged strike by ASUU, which started since 14th February, 2022 is legal even after statutory apprehension by the Minister of Labour and Employment?”

    In addition, the Minister asked for an interlocutory order against the continuation of the strike and the National Industrial Court in its wisdom gave an order compelling ASUU to resume work pending the determination of the substantive suit.

    “Given the nature of the order, and in the opinion of our counsel, there was the need to appeal the interlocutory injunction granted against our Union at the Court of Appeal.

    The Court of Appeal acknowledged the validity of the grounds of the Union’s appeal but still upheld the order of the lower court and ordered our Union to comply with the ruling of the lower court as condition precedent for the appeal to be heard,” Prof Osodeke stated in a communique issued after the NEC meeting.

    According to Prof Osodeke,  NEC noted the series of meetings with the leadership of the House of Representatives led by the Hon. Speaker, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, as well as intervention efforts of other well-meaning Nigerians both within and outside government and the progress made so far.

    “NEC deliberated on the recommendations of the Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila-led Committee within the framework of the FGN/ASUU’s Memorandum of Action(MoA) of 2020 on the contending issues that led to the strike action. For the avoidance of doubt, the issues include: Funding for Revitalisation of public universities Earned Academic Allowances, Proliferation of public Universities, Visitation Panels/Release of White Papers, University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) as a broad spectrum software to stop illegality and provide for an alternative, payment platform in the university system, Renegotiation of the 2009 Agreement.

    “While appreciating the commendable efforts of the leadership of the House of Representatives and other patriotic Nigerians who intervened in the matter, he said NEC noted with regrets that the issues in dispute are yet to be satisfactorily addressed by the Federal Government.
    Prof Osodeke stated

    “However, as a law-abiding Union and in deference to appeals by the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria. His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, and in recognition of the efforts of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, and other well meaning Nigerians, ASUU NEC resolved to suspend the strike action embarked upon on 14th February 2022. Consequently, all members of ASUU are hereby directed to resume all services hitherto withdrawn with effect from 12:01 on Friday, 14th October, 2022,” the communique reads.

    Meanwhile the authorities of the federal university of petroleum Resources Effurun, Delta state has directed lecturers and students to report on Monday 17th October

    This was contained in a statement issued by the university on friday
    See attached memos

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