The National Industrial Court of Nigeria in Abuja has adjourned the hearing on a suit filed by the Federal Government against the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over the ongoing nationwide strike by public Varsity Lecturers.
Justice Polycarp Hamman, on Monday, adjourned the case to Monday, September 19, 2022.
At the resumed sitting this Friday, counsel to the Federal Government, James Igwe, requested that the court give the suit a speedy hearing due to the urgency of the matter to enable the students return to school.
Igwe made it known to the court that since the matter was already in court, it would be proper for the strike to be called off pending the determination of the suit.
Counsel to ASUU, Femi Falana, argued that the matter was adjourned to Friday for further mention and not for a hearing. He said Federal Government’s Interlocutory injunction had been served to him.
Mr. Falana added that ASUU is currently dialoguing with stakeholders to ensure that this lingering crisis is resolved. He appealed to the Federal Government to cooperate with them to resolve the issue.
Justice Polycarp Hamman subsequently adjourned the suit to Monday 19, 2022.