The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said it is set to appeal the order by the National Industrial Court (NIC) directing the suspension of its seven months old strike.
In a terse statement signed by the Chairman of Lagos Zone of the union, Adelaja Odukoya on Wednesday, the union urged its members to “remain calm.”
The union said its lawyer is already filing an appeal.
The statement by ASUU is titled; “NIC Back to Work Order on ASUU: Be Calm.” It urged members and Nigerians to remain united, even as it suggested that the order would be vacated.
The statement reads in part; “Our Comrade President, Comrade Victor Osodeke, has urged members of our Great Union to remain calm as there is no cause for alarm on the back to work order delivered earlier today.
“Our lawyer is filing an appeal and stay of execution of the judgment. Members should remain resolute and strong. A people united can never be defeated. Solidarity without compromise.”
UNILAG appoints new bursar
Mrs. Oluwafunmilayo Adekunle has been named the new bursar of the University of Lagos by its Governing Council.
Beginning on November 3, 2022, Adekunle will serve as the institution’s bursar for five years.
This is stated in a statement issued on Thursday by UNILAG’s communication unit.
The statement read, “The Governing Council of the University of Lagos, at its meeting on Thursday, October 6, 2022, approved the appointment of Mrs. Oluwafunmilayo Yetunde Adekunle as the new Bursar of the University.
“Her tenure is for five (5) years with effect from Thursday, November 3, 2022.
“Mrs. Adekunle until her appointment was Deputy Bursar, Treasury. She joined the services of the University in 2005.
“She holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Accounting from the University of Lagos. She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).
“Mrs. Oluwafunmilayo Yetunde Adekunle takes over from the current Bursar, Dr. Lekan Lawal, whose tenure ends on Wednesday, November 2, 2022.”
Unilorin disclaims Post-UTME screening form
The University of Ilorin (Unilorin) has dismissed reports that it released 2022/2023 Post-UTME Screening Form to applicants.
The Director of Corporate Affairs of the university, Kunle Akogun, who disclaimed the speculation in a statement on Thursday in Ilorin, explained that Unilorin was yet to take decision.
Akogun said, “This is to inform all admission applicants to the University of Ilorin that the institution is yet to take any decision on the 2022/2023 Post-UTME screening.
“They should, therefore, disregard a message currently flying around online platforms to the effect that the University has started the process for the sale of Post-UTME screening registration form.
“This is the handiwork of scammers and admission seekers should disregard it.”
FG, ASUU out-of-court settlement move fails
The federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are yet to come to a consensus on addressing the issues that led to the union’s strike.
ASUU has been on strike since February 14 to press home the demand for improved funding for universities, and a review of salaries for lecturers, among other issues.
After several meetings between ASUU and the federal government ended in stalemate, the federal government went to the national industrial court to challenge the strike.
The court of appeal sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday, had asked the parties to explore the option of an out-of-court settlement.
Georgewill Abraham, the judge, had suggested that the federal government and ASUU take 24 hours to dialogue and come up with a resolution that would make Nigerians happy.
But at the hearing on Thursday, James Igwe, counsel to the federal government, and Femi Falana, counsel to ASUU, told the court of appeal that a resolution had not been reached.
Hamma Barka, the presiding judge, thereafter, stepped down the matter for an hour to enable ASUU file a reply to the counter affidavit deposed to by the federal government in opposition to the hearing of the union’s appeal.
At the resumption of the hearing, Falana said they had begun consultations which would continue at the end of the day’s proceedings.
He also asked that ASUU’s application challenging the ruling of the industrial court be heard by the appeal court.
Both parties agreed that the court should hear the application, as there was no amicable resolution reached as advised.
The next hearing is scheduled for Friday.
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