Settle out of court, Appeal Court advises ASUU, FG

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The Court of Appeal, Abuja on Wednesday, advised the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government to resolve their differences out of court.

The court gave the suggestion while hearing the appeal by ASUU over the September 21 judgement of the National Industrial Court in favour of the Federal Government, which ordered the striking university lecturers to resume classroom duties.

Presiding Judge, Justice Georgewill Biobele Abraham, tasked counsel to the Federal Government, Mr James Igwe (SAN) and that of ASUU, Mr Femi Falana (SAN) to first sit down as lawyers, take a patriotic position and convey the position to their clients.

“There is time for everything, time for war and time for peace. As Ministers in the temple of justice, we want to see the two of you as Senior Lawyers, encourage and explore an amicable settlement of this dispute.

“In fact, we expect to return to this court on Thursday with the good news that the dispute has been thrashed out and all the appreciation of Nigerians will go to you.

“So, talk to your clients to take the interest of the nation into consideration for the sake of our children. As you leave here, go and sit down and talk and resolve the matter,” Justice Georgewill stated.

ASUU has been on strike since February 14 over what it described as the failure of the government to honour the agreement seeking improved welfare, revitalisation funds among other demands.