The National Industrial Court of Nigeria in Abuja has fixed Monday 21st, September for the hearing of a suit filed by the Nigerian government against the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over the union’s ongoing 7 months strike.
The judge, H.I Hamman, adjourned the suit on Friday after hearing both partie’s comments.
The judge had earlier on Monday ordered the federal government and ASUU to file and exchange their written submissions and fixed today, Friday, for a further mention of the case.
However, at Friday’s proceedings, the Nigerian government’s lawyer, James Igwe, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), appealed to the court to immediately go on with the hearing of the suit as it is a “matter of national interest.”
He had filed an interlocutory application seeking an order to restrain ASUU from continuing with its ongoing strike “pending the hearing and determination of substantive suit.”
But the counsel for ASUU, Femi Falana, another SAN, objected to the court hearing on the grounds that the suit was only scheduled for today, Friday, for mention and not hearing.
The judge, therefore, adjourned the hearing for the interlocutory injunction until Monday, 19 September.
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Source: Premium Times