FG and ASUU are unable to come to an amicable agreement.


FG and ASUU are unable to come to an amicable agreement.
On Thursday, the attorneys representing the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities testified before the Court of Appeal that despite the out-of-court settlement recommended by the Appellate Court, neither party was able to end the eight-month strike.

James Igwe, the attorney for the FG, and Femi Falana (SAN), the principal attorney for ASUU, informed the Court of Appeal that despite the warning, they were unable to settle the conflict.

Justice Hamma Barka, the preeminent judge, then stepped aside for an hour to allow the lawyer for ASUU, Falana, to respond to the counter affidavit that the FG had submitted in opposition to the appeal's hearing.

Falana announced at the start of the hearing that talks had started and would continue after the day's proceedings were over. He urged that the three-person panel of the Appeal Court hear their application contesting the Industrial Court's decision.

As directed by the court, neither party was able to achieve an acceptable arrangement, thus both parties agreed that the court should consider the application.

The PUNCH also says that ASUU plans to sue the Federal Government over the registration of the National Association of Medical and Dental Academics and the Congress of Nigerian Universities Academics.

Chris Ngige, the minister of labor and employment, gave certificates of registration to CONUA and NAMDA on Tuesday.

The two organizations will coexist with ASUU, according to Ngige, who spoke as he handed the two unions their registration certificates.

ASUU has reportedly been on strike since February 14, 2022, in protest of unpaid allowances and in demand of a better welfare package from the Federal Government from professors at public universities.

ASUU's chief attorney, Femi Falana, SAN, revealed on Channels Television that the union would fight the Federal Government over the registration of the two unions.

"ASUU will appear in court. It will be the NIC," ASUU's attorney Femi Falana said on Thursday on Channels Television.

ASUU's president, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, confirmed the development to our correspondent by saying, "He is our lawyer, and we follow his legal advice."


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