The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has filed an appeal challenging the ruling of the National Industrial Court (NIC) ordering the union to suspend its seven-month-old strikes and return to class immediately.
The appeal is an indication that the striking lecturers may not return to class soon.
The ASUU’s lead counsel, Femi Falana, who said the NIC has no jurisdiction to entertain ASUU/FG case, helped the union to file the 14 grounds of appeal on Friday, according to ICIR.
In the appeal, ASUU is seeking two reliefs to file the appeal pursuant to Section 243 of the Nigerian constitution that requires the party to seek a leave of court to appeal the judgment or ruling of the National Industrial Court (NIC), and a stay of execution of the orders of the court, pending the hearing and determination of the appeal.
The court had on Wednesday ordered the union to suspend its strike and return to class. ASUU embarked on industrial action on February 14, over the failure of the federal government to honour the 2009 agreement signed with the union.
Justice Polycarp Hamman, in his ruling, said the verdict of the court was in the interest of Nigerian students who had been forced to stay at home for over seven months.
“The balance of convenience tilts in favour of the applicant. I hold that this application is meritorious and this application is granted,” Hamman had ruled.
ASUU has vowed not to return to class until the federal government accept to carry out the comprehensive infrastructural upgrade for the universities and increase funding for research and welfare of its members.
The union said these are all part of the 2009 agreement the government signed with the union.
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