The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has set Thursday for the Court of Appeal to hear its lawsuit in which it is requesting a stay of the National Industrial Court’s decision ordering it to end its strike.
The ASUU’s attorney, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), On Wednesday, when the case was summoned informed the judge that he had two applications on file, but he sought to withdraw one. The judge allowed his request.
Falana said in court that he had evidence of serving the preferred application on the Federal Government.
However, Mr. James Igwe (SAN), the Federal Government’s attorney, informed the court that it was the withdrawn application to which he had seen and responded.
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He claimed he needed time to react to the application, which he stated he intended to oppose, in light of the recent development.
To hear ASUU’s application, the sitting judge, Justice Hamma Barka, together with two other judges, set the hearing for Thursday.
Earlier, Justice Biobele Georgewill, one of the justices, had counsel for both sides meet and devise a plan to resolve the ASUU-FG standoff outside of court.
“As senior attorneys, please hold a discussion among yourselves, omit the plaintiffs, and decide on a course of action for the benefit of the kids and our attorneys.
Justice Georgewill remarked, “The country will respect you for it.”
Igwe expressed confidence that he and Falana would be able to come to an agreement before the sitting tomorrow in an interview with newsmen.
In addition, Falana told reporters that his clients also desired a peaceful conclusion to the dispute in light of his experiences with the National Industrial Court and Industrial Arbitration Panel.
On September 21, the National Industrial Court issued an order directing ASUU to end the strike.
The Federal Government’s motion on notice asking for the instructors to return to the classrooms was allowed by the court.
In his decision about the interlocutory injunction, the trial judge, Justice Polycarp Hamman, prohibited ASUU from carrying out the industrial action until the outcome of the lawsuit brought by the Federal Government against ASUU.
Angered by the decision, the union went to the appeals court to challenge it.