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“we reject the judgment in strong terms”. Students reject court’s mandate to ASUU

CURSORY: Nigerian students have kicked against the court’s judgment that has ordered the striking lecturers back to class, stating that it betrays equity.

Recall that earlier today the industrial Court in Abuja has ordered ASUU to call off the ongoing strike, reason being that it was detrimental to national interest and students deserve education.

The National Association of Nigerian Students has fualted the court judgement that mandated the Academic Staff Union of Universities to call of its 7 month strike.

The student union spokesperson explained that rather than direct ASUU to return to classroom, the court should have ordered the Federal Government to meet the demands of the striking lecturers.

According to the students union, the fact that they had to drag ASUU to court is a signal that this government cannot handle crisis.

“Our attention has been drawn to a news of a court judgment mandating the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call of 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.”

Read Also: Breaking: Court orders ASUU to end strike

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