- ASUU has insisted that it would not be compelled to go back to classes through any court pronouncement
- This follows the possible pronouncement of the National Industrial Court of Arbitration, compelling the association to do so
- According to ASUU national president, Emmanuel Osodeke, this is like forcing medical doctors t treat patients
Following the expected judgment of the National Industrial Court of Arbitration, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has revealed that the union cannot be compelled to return to classes.
Osodeke, accompanied by ASUU executives, likened the scenario to a court order to force a medical doctor to treat a patient.
Going further, Osodeke maintained that ASUU remains blameless about the closure of public universities. He warned that the universities, which account for over 95 per cent intake of students, face the risk of depreciating to the level of public primary schools within the next 10 years.
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"Strike will end soon" - ASUU boss declares after reaching top deals with Reps
Meanwhile, there is a strong indication that the lingering strike imposed by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will be over soon. The president of ASUU, Emmanuel Osodeke, noted that in "...the very near future, the issue of strike will be resolved.”
Osodeke said this on Tuesday, September 20, after meeting with the leadership of the House of Representatives in Abuja. On his part, the speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, has stated that some resolutions have been made with the union.
So far, the lower chamber has also invited the accountant-general of the federation, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), auditor-general of the federation, and the National Salaries Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC) to conclude on the agreement made with the union.
End in sight for ASUU strike as fresh update emerges
Recall that the leadership of the House of Representatives had agreed to meet with ASUU on Tuesday, September 20, to brainstorm on modalities that will bring the prolonged industrial action to an end.
Speaker Gbajabiamila and some stakeholders are expected to attend the meeting, as reported by one of his special advisers, Lanre Lasisi.
The meeting will be held on the same day the House will resume its plenary in the renovated chamber.