Tobenna Ezenduka, Abuja


The National Industrial Court of Nigeria today adjourned until September 16th, 2022 the suit filed by the Federal Government against the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over its industrial action which has lasted for 210 days since the union declared the strike.


The Federal Government had approached the court in Abuja, requesting it to order ASUU to resume while it continues to find a lasting resolution to the dispute.
At today’s proceedings, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) also made a request to join the suit as an interested party.
Ebun-Olu Adegnoruwa (SAN) who represented SERAP in the suit said his client had filed a similar suit to compel the FG to honour its 2009 agreement with ASUU. He thus submitted that SERAP’s interest in the matter was based on the need to forestall the duplicity of outcomes concerning the strike. However, counsel to the Federal Government, Tijjani Gazali (SAN) rejected SERAP’s application to consolidate the suits owing to the fact that such a request was premature in nature since the case had been slated for mention on Monday.
Ruling on the request by SERAP, the presiding judge, Justice Polycarp Hamman ruled that the suit was not ripe for consolidation by SERAP as he was only presiding over the matter as a vacation judge and that the case would be assigned to another judge for adjudication.
He however ordered the parties in the suit to file and exchange court documents while he adjourned the matter to Friday, 16 September 2022.
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