The Court of Appeal in Abuja will today hear the appeal of the Academic Staff Union of Universities against the ruling by the National Industrial Court, Osun Defender has learnt.
Justice Hamman Polycarp of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, had ealier ordered that the striking lecturers go back to work pending the determination of a suit the Federal Government filed to query the legality of their strike.
The interim injunction directing ASUU members to resume work followed an application the Federal Government filed through its lawyer, Mr James Igwe.
Justice Polycarp held that the order was both in the national interest and for the sake of undergraduates in the country that had been at home since February 14. He held that the strike action was detrimental to public university students that couldn’t afford to attend private tertiary institutions
However, ASUU had on September 23, 2022, filed 14 grounds for appeal, saying that it was totally “dissatisfied with the decision” of the trial court which it said should not only be stayed from being executed, but also set aside in its entirety.
In the same vein, negotiations and talks have continued between the House of Representatives led by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila and the union.
The Gbajabiamila-led delegation would meet with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) today.