Go back to work, Court orders varsity lecturers

The National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday, ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its on-going strike embarked upon since February this year.

The Federal Government had in an interlocutory motion filed by its counsel, James Igwe asked that the University lecturers be compelled by the court to go back to work pending the resolution of their demands for better working conditions.

Ruling on the interlocutory injunction, the trial Judge, Justice Polycarp Hamman restrained ASUU from continuing with the industrial action pending the determination of the suit filed against ASUU by the Federal Government.

The Court invoked Section 18 of the Trade Dispute Act (TDA) and national interest of the Nigerian students to grant the request of the Federal Government for an order compelling ASUU to call off its seven months strike.

The Federal Government, in its submissions, contended that under section 18(1)E of the TDA, employees, could not…

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