By John Ikani
The National Industrial Court has ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), to call off the ongoing strike.
The order followed the granting of an injunction sought by the counsel to the federal government.
The Federal Government in a suit prayed for the order for ASUU to call off its seven months strike.
According to reports, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige on behalf of the Federal Government had filed the matter before the court by way of referral to resolve the issue of the ongoing strike by ASUU.
In his ruling in Abuja on Wednesday, Justice Polycarp Hamman granted the government’s application.
He also dismissed the argument of Femi Falana, counsel to ASUU, that the interlocutory injunction should be dismissed and the court should instead grant an accelerated hearing for the referral earlier filed by Mr Ngige.
Why is ASUU on strike
ASUU embarked on strike on 14 February, demanding among other things, the deployment of UTAS to replace IPPIS and the implementation of the 2009 renegotiated agreement which contains its members’ conditions of service.
Several meetings between ASUU and the federal government have ended in a deadlock. Consequently, the federal government went to court to challenge the strike.