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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has revealed the rationale behind the suspension of its industrial action.
Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, the President of ASUU said the eight months strike was suspended due to a court order and plea from concerned Nigerians.
The ASUU President disclosed this when he appeared on Channels TV on Sunday.
He said, “As you have seen from our press release – although there were interventions by the Speaker (Gbajabiamila) and others – the major reason we are resuming is because we are obeying the industrial court’s judgement. The issues have not been fully resolved and no agreements signed.
“We are resuming because we are a law-abiding organisation and we don’t want to break the law.
“We are also hoping that the intervention of the Speaker as promised by him will resolve this problem within a very short time. So, the issues have not been resolved but we would resume because of that court injunction.”
Recall that a court of appeal in Abuja had backed the National Industrial Court’s judgment that asked ASUU to suspend the strike while the substantive suit will be heard.
Osodeke in his reaction blamed Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment for the prolonged industrial action.
He restated that negotiation remains the best means to resolve academic labour disputes.
He added, “But one of the ministers, the Minister of Labour, believes that the best way is to force them to class. But because of the interest of the Nigerian people – the students, their parents, and the Speaker who is intervening – our members will teach.”