NANS Rejects Court Order, Backs ASUU

The National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) has rejected the order by the National Industrial Court (NIC) on striking the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to resume.

NANS PRO Giwa Yisa has the order issued on Wednesday by NIC is biased.

Yisa, who stated the Federal Government is incapable of handling crises, said NANS repudiates the court’s verdict on the grounds of unfair judgement.

Giwa averred the court should have ruled in the favour of ASUU by making the Federal Government give in to the demands of ASUU, stating the striking lecturers cannot be forced back to work with its injunctions.

The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to a report of a court judgment mandating the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its 7-month strike. As an association, we feel disturbed to read the news of the judgment because we believe that it betrays equity.

“Ordinarily, the Federal Government is not meant to have dragged ASUU to court. But, the fact that they had to drag ASUU to court is a signal that this government cannot handle crisis. And, we want to state categorically that the court cannot force members of ASUU back to lecture theatres.

“And, as it stands today, with that court judgment, we maintain that the court has not resolved the problem and we reject the judgment in strong terms. The court could have said that the Federal Government should go and pay rather than say that lecturers who are on strike should go back to classrooms. We were expecting the court to have understood that lecturers are on contract of personal service hence, they cannot be compelled to render a service they don’t want to render.

“The only remedy to this strike action is for the Federal Government to accede to the demands of ASUU which the government willingly entered into with them and properly fund education.”

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