COURT ADJOURNS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, ASUU’S CASE TILL SEPTEMBER 6
Written by Kayode Sanni on September 12, 2022
The National Industrial Court of Nigeria has adjourned the suit filed by the Federal Government against the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over the industrial action embarked upon by the union about seven months ago.
The Federal Government approached the court sitting in Abuja, requesting an order for ASUU to resume academic activities while it continues to engage the union to address their dispute.
At Monday’s proceedings, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) sought to join the suit as an interested party where SERAP’s lawyer, EBUN-OLU ADEGBORUWA (SAN) said SERAP had filed a similar suit to compel the Federal Government to honour its 2009 agreement with the striking lecturers.
Counsel to ASUU, FEMI FALANA also argued that he was aware of the efforts by lawyers to file court papers in the suit on Monday.
The judge however ruled that the suit is not ripe for consolidation by SERAP, noting that he was only presiding over the matter as a vacation judge and that the case would be assigned to another judge for adjudication.
He then ordered the parties in the suit to file and exchange court documents as he adjourned the matter to Friday, the 16th of September 2022.