The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) issued a statement on Wednesday in response to the Industrial Court’s order that it end its strike.
On Wednesday, the union’s president, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, announced that the union’s executive board would be meeting soon to discuss the court’s order.
He told Vanguard over the phone that the group would update them after they met to discuss the ruling and any other relevant issues.
At the same time, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) echoed the court’s decision, saying that the striking professors could not be made to return to work until their demands were met.
Parents organized under NAPTAN, the Nigerian Parent Teacher Association, have also voiced their opinions on the matter.
The organization issued a statement through their president, Alhaji Haruna Danjuma, in which they urged the government and the union to respect the court’s decision.
Since the ruling was issued by a court with proper jurisdiction, it must be respected by all parties.
Everyone involved appears to be growing weary of the strike even at this early stage.
The situation is becoming increasingly volatile as students across the country begin to demonstrate and block roads.
As parents, we’re starting to worry that the protests will be taken over by criminals, and that something terrible will happen.
It looks like our kids may be able to return to school soon, so that’s good news.
However, we recommend that the government fulfill its responsibilities to the union members, students, universities, and education sector as a whole, as he put it.
Since February 14, this year, ASUU members have been on strike in protest of the government’s refusal to meet their demands.§