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DOCUMENTS: Industrial Court Has No Evidence To Rule On Nigerian Students — Striking University Lecturers, ASUU Says In Appeal

Industrial Court Has No Evidence To Rule On Nigerian Students — Striking University Lecturers, ASUU Says In Appeal
September 23, 2022

SaharaReporters earlier reported that ASUU appealed an order of the National Industrial Court.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said the National Industrial Court lacks evidence to back its ruling that Nigerian students would lose several life-saving opportunities due to age increment caused by the current seven months’ strike action.

The union made this known in the court documents filed before the Court of Appeal on Friday to challenge the ruling of the National Industrial Court which ordered them to end the lingering strike and resume classes on Wednesday.

 

“The point being made is that, even where the lost academic semesters/sessions are covered upon resumption, the increase in the age of these students who are being deprived of the opportunity to complete their studies as and when due cannot be reversed. Section 2 (2) of the National Youth Service Corps Act for example prohibits any person who is over the age of thirty (30) at the date of graduation from being enlisted into the Service Corps,” the National Industrial court said among other things while delivering its interlocutory judgement.

Reacting, the striking university lecturers contended, “There was no evidence before the lower court about the age of these innocent students being denied of the opportunity to complete their studies.

“Even though the issue of National Youth Service was raised suo motu the Learned Trial Judge did not invite parties to address him on it.

“The Learned Trial Judge made a case for the Respondents by relying on extraneous matters and thereby violated the fundamental right of the Appellant to fair hearing.”

 

SaharaReporters earlier reported that ASUU appealed an order of the National Industrial Court.

In the court documents filed before the Court of Appeal and obtained by SaharaReporters, the union urged the court to grant the appellant an order of stay of execution of the National Industrial Court’s ruling.