National Industrial Court lacks power to rule on ASUU strike: Falana

Femi Falana, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)’s lawyer, has faulted the National Industrial Court’s order that striking lecturers return to work, citing the violation of due process. 

Speaking on Channels TV on Friday, Mr Falana said President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime did not follow the standard procedure of presenting its case before the Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP) before referring the matter to the court. 

He also clarified that the court is an appellate chamber of the IAP, meaning its jurisdiction is within hearing appeals on cases that the IAP has determined. 

“This is the first time in the history of that court that we have been told that the minister can refer a case to the National Industrial Court without going through the Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP),” Mr Falana stressed.

He added, “Because the NIC under the current labour law regime in Nigeria is an appellate chamber of the IAP. So, it is an appellate…

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