The National Industrial Court’s decision ordering the seven-month-long strike by academics to cease immediately and for them to start working again has been appealed by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
This was supported by court documents submitted to the Court of Appeal, which SaharaReporters was able to access on Friday. In these documents, the lecturers pleaded with the court to grant the appellant an order delaying the enforcement of the National Industrial Court’s decision.
As previously reported by SaharaReporters, ASUU’s National President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, disclosed that the union’s leadership would convene on Wednesday, a few hours after the industrial court issued the judgment, to review the court’s decision.
By the documents filed for the appeal, ASUU is seeking from the court, “1. AN ORDER granting the Applicant leave to appeal against the interlocutory ruling of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria per Honourable Justice P.I. Hamman in SUIT NO: NICN/ABJ/270/2022 between FEDERAL GOVERNMNT OF NIGERIA & 1 OR. VS ACADEMIC STAFF UNION OF UNIVERSITIES delivered on Wednesday 21st day of September, 2022.
“2. AN ORDER staying execution of the order of this Honourable Court per Honourable Justice P.I. Hamman in SUIT NO: NICN/ABJ/270/2022 between FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA & 1 OR. VS ACADEMIC STAFF UNION OF UNIVERSITIES delivered on Wednesday 21st day of September, 2022 pending the hearing and determination of the interlocutory Appeal.
“3. AND ANY OTHER ORDER OR ORDERS this Honourable Court may deem fit to make in the circumstance of this case.
“4. AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that the appellant/applicant shall at the hearing of this application rely on the affidavit sworn to by Samuel Ameh on behalf of the Applicant.”