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ASUU: Don’t Force Striking Members Back To Class Through Court Order – Osodeke

The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU have cautioned the Federal Government against forcing striking members of the union back to class through a court order, noting that it would have an ample effect on the teaching methods of the lecturers.

ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, said this yesterday while meeting with the leadership of the House of Representatives, and the lecturers, on resolving the ongoing strike.

Recall that the Federal Government dragged ASUU to court over the lingering strike with the ruling date set.

 Osodeke said, “We are meeting with the ministry of education and the committee of pro chancellors and vice-chancellors and others. As we are doing this, the same ministry of labour ran to court.”

He maintained, “If the courts force the lecturers to go work tomorrow, which type of teaching will they do? If the courts force the Nigerian academics to go and teach against their will, just like a court forcing a doctor to treat a patient against his will, how many of us will go to that doctor?”

 He lamented, “This is the 7th month this strike is on. We have never been called to a formal meeting by the minister of education. No formal meeting. No one. We were only called to a meeting twice by the minister of labour, 27 of February and March 1. Between then and now, we have not been called to a formal meeting. I used the word “formal”.”

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