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NANS rejects court ruling asking ASUU to suspend strike

The student association said the court should not compel lecturers to render services they do not want to render.

• September 21, 2022
National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS)
National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS)

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has kicked against the ruling by the National Industrial Court asking the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to suspend its strike.

The National Industrial Court on Wednesday ordered ASUU to suspend its strike and return back to work, Peoples Gazette reported.

NANS Spokesperson Giwa Yetunde, however, said in a statement on Wednesday that the court’s pronouncement did not resolve the problem. She advised that the court should, instead, compel the federal government to fulfil its agreement to ASUU.

The student association said the court should not compel lecturers to render services they do not want to render.

The association faulted the federal government’s decision to drag ASUU to court over the strike action caused by its failure to properly fund education.

The statement reads in parts : “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.” 

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