'The Union Is Dishonest And Misleading Its Members And The General Public' - FG Warns ASUU Against Disobeying Court’s Order


The Federal government through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has warned the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) against disobeying the court’s order on its eight-month strike.


Justice Polycarp Hamman of the National Industrial Court in September ordered the varsity lecturers to suspend their strike and return to classrooms but ASUU appealed the ruling.


The Federal Government then directed the Vice-Chancellors and Pro-Chancellors of universities to reopen the institutions in a bid to force the varsity lecturers to return to work.


Days later, the FG withdrew the directive.


In a statement issued on Sunday, October 2 by the Labour ministry’s Deputy Director Press and Public Relations, Olajide Oshundun, Ngige accused the leadership of ASUU of misinforming and misleading its members and warned on the consequences of disobeying court’s order.


He, therefore, called on the union to respect the court’s order and return to classrooms while negotiations are concluded .

 

Ngige said: “The union is dishonest and misleading its members and the general public, that it has filed an appeal as well as a stay of execution of the order of National Industrial Court on September 21, 2022, though it has none of this.


“Rather, ASUU only filed an application for permission to appeal the order. It also attached to the application, a proposed notice of appeal which it intends to file if the leave to appeal is granted. The application for a stay of execution as of this moment has not even been listed for hearing. Where is ASUU coming from?


“It is therefore contemptuous, dishonest and misleading for the union to tell its members that it has not only appealed the interlocutory injunction by the National Industrial Court, directing it to call off the strike and return to work but that it also has a stay of execution.”
'The union is dishonest and misleading its members and the general public'- FG warns ASUU against disobeying court’s order

 

The Federal government through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has warned the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) against disobeying the court’s order on its eight-month strike.


Justice Polycarp Hamman of the National Industrial Court in September ordered the varsity lecturers to suspend their strike and return to classrooms but ASUU appealed the ruling.


The Federal Government then directed the Vice-Chancellors and Pro-Chancellors of universities to reopen the institutions in a bid to force the varsity lecturers to return to work.


Days later, the FG withdrew the directive.


In a statement issued on Sunday, October 2 by the Labour ministry’s Deputy Director Press and Public Relations, Olajide Oshundun, Ngige accused the leadership of ASUU of misinforming and misleading its members and warned on the consequences of disobeying court’s order.


He, therefore, called on the union to respect the court’s order and return to classrooms while negotiations are concluded .

 

Ngige said: “The union is dishonest and misleading its members and the general public, that it has filed an appeal as well as a stay of execution of the order of National Industrial Court on September 21, 2022, though it has none of this.


“Rather, ASUU only filed an application for permission to appeal the order. It also attached to the application, a proposed notice of appeal which it intends to file if the leave to appeal is granted. The application for a stay of execution as of this moment has not even been listed for hearing. Where is ASUU coming from?

 

“It is therefore contemptuous, dishonest and misleading for the union to tell its members that it has not only appealed the interlocutory injunction by the National Industrial Court, directing it to call off the strike and return to work but that it also has a stay of execution.”

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