The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has vowed to appeal the judgement of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), ordering the union to end its seven-month-long strike.
In a statement, the Lagos Zonal Coordinator, Dr Adelaja Odukoya, quoted the National President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, as saying, “our lawyer is filing an appeal and stay of execution of the judgment.”
KEMI FILANI NEWS had reported that the National Industrial Court had ordered ASUU to call off its ongoing strike.
The Court, in its ruling, invoked section 18 of the Trade Dispute Act and the national interest of the Nigerian students to grant the request of the Federal Government for an order of injunction against the lecturers.
Justice Polycap Hamman, therefore, issued the order for suspension of the strike while ruling in an application filed by the Federal Government asking that the University teachers be compelled to go back to work pending the resolution of their demands for better working conditions.
According to the statement titled, “NICN back to work order on ASUU: Be calm”, Osodeke urged the aggrieved university teachers to remain calm as there is no cause for alarm on the back-to-work order delivered earlier today.
“Members should remain resolute and strong. A people united can never be defeated. Solidarity without compromise,’’ he stated.