ASUU directs member to resume work

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has directed its members to resume all services

The ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, President said this in a statement issued at the end of the union’s National Executive Council (NEC) emergency meeting on Friday in Abuja.

Osodeke said the meeting was called to review the developments since the union declared an indefinite strike action on Aug. 29.

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He also said that for the avoidance of doubt, the issues include of funding for revitalisation of public universities, earned academic allowances, proliferation of public Universities, visitation panels/release of white papers.

He added that others are the 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 and renegotiation of the 2009 Agreement.

According to ASUU president, NEC noted with regrets that the issues in dispute are yet to be satisfactorily addressed.

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“However, as a law-abiding union and in deference to appeals by Mr President and in recognition of the efforts of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, and other well-meaning Nigerians.

“ASUU NEC resolved to suspend the strike action embarked upon on Feb. 14.
“Consequently, all members of ASUU are hereby directed to resume all services hitherto withdrawn with effect from 12:01 on Friday, Oct. 14, ‘’he said.

Osodeke, however, noted that during the intervening period, the Minister of Labour and Employment, through a referral, approached the National Industrial Court (NIC).

According to him, 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 the Academic Staff Union of Universities which started since Feb. 14 is legal even after statutory apprehension by the Minister of Labour and Employment?

“In addition, he asked for an interlocutory order against the continuation of the strike,’’he added.

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