Human rights activist, Femi Falana, has said that the continued industrial motion by the Educational Workers Union of Universities (ASUU) could be resolved instantly, however the authorities isn’t making any effort to accomplish that.
Falana in an interview with information males on Friday mentioned that “if the federal government listens to ASUU all of the strikes are avoidable.”
ASUU launched into an preliminary 4 weeks strike on 14 February, demanding the federal government to honour the agreements it had entered with the union.
After a number of conferences with out decision, ASUU continued to lengthen its strike by a sure interval till 29 August when it prolonged the strike indefinitely.
Regardless of Justice Polycarp Hamman Wednesday’s ruling, ordering the lecturers to name off the strike, ASUU’s President, Professor Victor Osodeke mentioned that the lecturers received’t return to work and would attraction the injunction.
“It’s about funding… in 1992, ASUU satisfied the federal government that employers of labour ought to pay schooling tax as a result of these skilled by the federal government are employed by employers.
“All the federal government says is we now have no cash, however the identical administration, this 12 months alone, elevated gas subsidy from 443 billion Naira to 4 trillion Naira and we are actually being advised that earlier than the end of the 12 months might metamorphose into 6.3 trillion.”
“So the place are you getting such cash to fund waste and fraud however when it comes to schooling you say you don’t have any cash, I believe these are among the points,” he mentioned.
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Falana was of the opinion that the federal authorities was fallacious to have filed the case earlier than the commercial courtroom.
“It was fallacious to method the courtroom. We tried to clarify to the courtroom, and the courtroom mentioned they might have a look at that later.
“We made clear to the courtroom and submitted greater than six instances the place the identical courtroom has warned the minister constantly that you simply can’t come right here with out originating your case within the IAP if it relates to commerce disputes.
“That is the primary time within the historical past of that courtroom that we now have been advised that the minister can refer a case to the nationwide industrial courtroom with out going by way of the Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP).”
“As a result of the NIC below the present labour legislation regime in Nigeria is an appellate chamber of the AIP. So, it’s an appellate courtroom. It’s only when people are sacked that you really want to problem your employer or there are intra or inter-union disputes that you simply method the nationwide industrial courtroom.
“The courtroom discovered that this can be a commerce dispute and that there was no reference to the IAP, however the courtroom in its knowledge determined to intervene, and the one means you’ll be able to present your dissatisfaction is to method the attraction courtroom which ASUU has determined to do,” he mentioned.
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