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ASUU Vs FG: Court Reschedules Hearing For Sept. 16

A National Industrial Court in Abuja has rescheduled hearing for September 16 in a suit by the Federal Government (FG) against the ongoing strike by the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

In ruling on Monday, Justice Polycarp Hamman adjourned till Friday to allow parties to file necessary papers.

Justice Hamman declined the application for a joinder filed by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and rejected its lawyer’s request for the consolidation of the case with an earlier one filed by the group.

At the mention of the case, SERAP’s lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), said his client seeks to be made a party in the suit with the possibility of having it consolidated with the one the group earlier filed.

Adegboruwa said SERAP filed a similar suit, seeking to compel the Federal Government to honour its 2009 agreement with the striking lecturers.

He added: “We filed a similar suit on 8 September, asking the court to compel the Federal Government to honour an agreement it willingly entered into with ASUU.”

Adegboruwa said his client’s request to be made a party to the suit was to forestall duplicity of outcomes concerning the industrial dispute.

Lawyer to the Federal Government, Tijani Gazali (SAN) raised an objection to SERAP’s request for the consolidation of both cases.
Gazali contended that SERAP’s application was premature because the case was fixed for mention on Monday.

In his submission, the lawyer to ASUU, Femi Falana, said he was aware of efforts by the lawyers to file necessary documents on Monday

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