The National Industrial Court (NICN) sitting in Abuja has adjourned to September the 16th the case between the federal government and the academic staff union of universities (ASUU).
On Sunday, September 11, 2022, it was reported that the NIC summoned the FG and ASUU to appear before it on Monday in Abuja over the lingering strike embarked upon by the union over seven months ago.
This is coming after all efforts by President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to return the striking lecturers to class failed.
ASUU, among others things are demanding the release of the revitalisation fund for universities, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, deployment of the University Transparency Accountability System for the payment of salaries and allowances of lecturers, release of the white paper report of the visitation panels to universities and the renegotiation of the ASUU-FGN 2009 agreement.
Recall that the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu had a few days ago, said the government has done its best in trying to resolve the lingering strike which has crippled learning since February 14, 2020.
It was alleged that last week, there was another negotiation talk between the government and the union which also ended in deadlock.
This made the government, through the Minister of Labour and Employment, dragged the striking university lecturers before the National Industrial Court (NIC).
However, Justice Polycap Hamman, on Monday, September 12, 2022, adjourned the matter to enable both the Federal Government to file the necessary papers for the suit.