Friday, October 14, 2022



1. The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Academic Staff Union of
Universities (ASUU) held an emergency meeting at the Comrade Festus lyayi
National Secretariat, University of Abuja, Abuja, on Thursday, 13h October, 2022.
The meeting reviewed developments since the Union declared an indefinite
strike action on 29th August, 2022.

2. During the intervening period, the Minister of Labour and Employment, through
a referral, approached the National Industrial Court (NIC) tor the interpretation
of "the provision of sections 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 18 (1) of the Trade Dispute Act, Cap 18
Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, whether the on-going prolonged strike by the
Academic Staff Union of Universities which started since 14th Februay, 2022 is
legal even after statutory aPprehension by the Minister of Labour and
Employment? In addition, he asked for an interlocutory order against the
continuation of the strike.

3. The National Industrial Court in its wisdom gave an order compelling ASUU to
resume work pending the determination of the substantive suit. Given the nature
of the order, and n the opinion of our counsel, there was the need to appeal the
interlocutory injunction granted against our Union at the Court of APpeal. The
Court of Appeal ackrnowledged the validity of the grounds of the Union's appeal
but still upheld the order of the lower court and ordered our Union to comply
with the ruling of the lower court as condition precedent for the appeal to be

4,NEC noted the series of meetings with the leadership of the House of
Kepresentatives led by the Hon. Speaker, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, as well as
ntervention ettorts of other well-meaning Nigerians both within and outside
governiment and the progress made so far.

5. NEC deliberated on the recommendations of the Rt. Hon. Fenmi Gbajabiamila-led
Committee within the framework of the FGN/ ASUU's Memorandum of
Action(MoA) of 2020 on the contending issues that led to the strike action. For
the avoidance of doubt, the issues include:
Funding for Revitalisation of public universities
Earned Academic Allowances
Proliferation of public Universities
Visitation Panels/ Release of White Papers
University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) as a broad
Spectrum software to stop illegality and provide tor an alternative
payment plattorm in the university system.
Renegotiation ot the 2009 Agreement

6. While appreciating the commendable efforts of the leadership of the House of
Kepresentatives and other patriotic Nigerians who waded into the matter, NEC
noted with regrets that the issues in dispute are yet to be satisfactorily addressed.

7. However, as a laW-abiding Union and in deference to appeals by the President
and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, His Excellency,
President Muhammadu Buhari, and in recognition of the ettorts of the Speaker of
the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, and ofher well-
meaning Nigerians, ASUU NEC resolved to suspend the strike action embarked
upon on 14th February 2022. Consequently, all members of ASUU are hereby
directed to resume all services hitherto withdrawn with effect from 12:01 on
Friday, 14th October, 2022.
Thank yo

Emmanuel Osodeke
13th October, 2022


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