Any Industrial Court decision that requires lecturers to return to the classroom, according to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), will have a negative effect.
When Emmanuel Osadeke, the president of ASUU, met with the House of Representatives’ leadership on Tuesday, he asked, “What kind of education are they expecting students to receive if lecturers are forced to attend school?”
Recall that during the seven-month ASUU strike, the federal government forced the union to appear before the National Industrial Court.
After hearing the arguments made by the parties’ attorneys on Monday, Justice Polycarp Hamman adjourned the case. On Wednesday, the court is anticipated to meet once more.
Speaking before the closed-door session, Mr. Osadeke said forcing lecturers back to school is like forcing doctors to treat patients.
“If the court forces the lecturers to go to work tomorrow, which type of teaching will they do? If the court forces the Nigerian academics — say go and teach against your will — just like the court forcing a doctor to go and treat a patient against your will, how many of us will go and meet that doctor.”
Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila had stated that the meeting must produce a resolution that will end the strike.
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