ASUU Strike: FG Threatens Union With Contempt Of Court

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige

The Federal Government has threatened to sue the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) if they fail to resume as ruled by the National Industrial Court.

VANTAGE NEWS reports that the National Industrial Court had ordered the union to resume, a decision which was upheld by the appeal court which ordered ASUU members to return back to work.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, on Friday, during an interview on Channels TV, disclosed that he had directed labour controllers to monitor compliance at all tertiary institutions across the states.

He said, “The court says ASUU must obey today (Friday). I have asked labour controllers in the 36 states and the zones to reach out to the universities; number one, to see if the vice chancellors have opened the gates because that is one of the imports of the judgment of the Industrial Court.

“You must open the gates, you must open the class rooms and to see whether those workers, those teachers reported today, tomorrow Friday and Saturday. My labour controllers will write me a report.

“The Education Ministry through the NUC will also do their bit and we will compare it. By Tuesday, if they have complied with this, first, they will have the right to appeal as the court says.

“If they come back to their classroom, they will have time to attach evidence and do their appeal. My labour controllers will also give me things to support education in the country. If they don’t, go and read that portion of the NICN Act, they will be charged for contempt.”

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