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General News of Monday, 19 September 2022


Strike: Court to rule on FG’s suit against ASUU Wednesday

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The National Industrial Court is to deliver a ruling in an application filed by the Federal Government seeking the order of the court to direct the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its ongoing strike.

Justice Polycarp Hamman adjourned the matter after listening to the arguments of the counsel on behalf of the parties.

J.U.K Igwe, SAN, counsel to FG, in his submission, had informed the court that the application for the injunction was dated Sept. 12 and filed on the same date.

He added that the application was brought in pursuant to the rules of the NICN 2017 proceeding.

Igwe further stated that it was predicated on 11 grounds, supported by 21 paragraph affidavit deposed to Mr Okechukwu Wampa, a legal adviser in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, attached with three exhibits and an undertaking as to damages deposed to by Wampa.

He also urged the court to grant the prayer sought and proceeded to adopt in its entirety and totality the written address, adding that the claimants had met all the requirements to enable the court to grant the injunction.

He said that the claimant’s action was not apprehensive and regarding damages, he said the lost time of seven months of the strike could not be regained.

He added that going by the provision of section 18 (1) (e) of the Trade Disputes Act 2004, a worker should not embark on strike when a matter is already before the court, urging the court to grant the injunction.

Femi Falana, SAN, counsel to the defendant, stated that he had before the court a nine-paragraph counter-affidavit filed on Sept. 16 deposed to by the president of ASUU.

He further submitted that attached to the affidavit were eight exhibits accompanied by a written address and proceeded to adopt the same as their argument in opposition to the interlocutory injunction.

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