After months of the industrial strike, there is a strong hope that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will return to the classroom in a few days' time.
This is as the president of the union, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, said the union has "for the first time, seen light at the end of the tunnel."
Osodeke spoke after a meeting with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamia, and other lawmakers on Monday evening, October 10.
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The appellate court had ordered the union to resume before it would entertain its appeal of the judgement by the National Industrial Court.
Has ASUU finally called off its strike?
Following the statements by ASUU president, Gbajabiamila and Falana on Monday, there has been a widespread rumour that the strike has been called off.
However, this is not true.
Following the meeting with Gbajabiamila on Monday, branches of ASUU across the country will commence traditional voting today, Tuesday, October 11, and Wednesday, October 12, to take a decision over the ongoing strike by the union, according to a report by The Punch.
The decisions of the branches will then be conveyed to the National Executive Council (NEC).
According to Vanguard, the NEC will convene an emergency NEC meeting on Thursday, October 13, to decide on the votes by its branches.
What is the timeline for ASUU to call off the strike?
Based on the unfolding development, below is the timeline for ASUU to either call off the strike or continue it.
- Tuesday, October 11: Zonal branches to collate the views of members through vote
- Wednesday, October 12: Zonal branches to collate the views of members through votes
- Thursday, October 13: ASUU National Executive Committee (NEC) to meet in Abuja to take the final decision.
- By Thursday evening/Friday, October 14, Nigerians will very likely hear from ASUU: either the strike will be called off, or it will continue.
Nevertheless, recent developments indicate that the strike will likely be called off.
ASUU strike: Lawyer gives legal interpretation to court order asking lecturers to resume
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a constitutional lawyer, Adoyi Abakpa, gave a legal interpretation to the court orders asking ASUU to return to class.
Abakpa said even though ASUU has to obey the judgment as every order of the court, whether right or wrong, is meant to be obeyed, the union cannot be compelled to call off the strike as doing so will be against their fundamental rights.
“Considering the constitutionality of compelling ASUU to go on strike by court order, every order of the court is meant to be obeyed. That’s a rule. No matter how wrong the judgment or order seems to appear," the lawyer said.