NICN lacks jurisdiction to intervene in ASUU strike, Falana says 

By Opeyemi Babalola A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and counsel to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Femi Falana, has said that the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) does not have jurisdiction to intervene or rule on the case between the federal government and the academic union. His reaction is coming two days after Justice Polycarp Hamman of the NICN, granted the federal government’s application for an interlocutory injunction to restrain ASUU from continuing with the strike. Speaking on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, on Friday,…

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ASUU approaches appeal court to challenge Industrial court ruling on resumption

*Files 14 grounds against FG *Obey court ruling before appeal -FG By Opeyemi Babalola The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has approached the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, asking it to set aside the judgement of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, (NICN) that ordered the academic union to suspend its over seven-month-old strike pending the determination of the suit. In the latest development, Counsel to ASUU, Femi Falana, SAN, based their appeal on 14 grounds. University Times International (UTI) gathered that the motion is seeking the following…

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Light dims on UNILORIN Pro-chancellor, Yazid Rafindadi

By Opeyemi Babalola Light has dimmed on the Chairman and Pro-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Malam Habidu Yazid-Rafindadi. Mr Kunle Akogun, the Director of Corporate Affairs of the university, confirmed the passing of the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the institution on Thursday. The director said that Rafindadi died in Abuja. Confirming the incident,  the Registrar and Secretary to the Council, Dr Fola Olowoleni, stated that the governing council chairman died in the early hours of today in his house after a brief illness. The statement signed by…

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UNIBEN VC, Prof. Salami emerges chairman of C’ttee of vice chancellors

The Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Federal Universities (CVCNU) has elected the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Prof. Lilian Salami as its chairman. Her appointment makes her the second female Vice-Chancellor to head the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Federal Universities. The Secretary General of the committee, Prof. Yakubu Ochefu, who made the disclosure in a statement obtained by University Times International (UTI) on Thursday, said Professor Salami was unanimously elected on Wednesday during a virtual/physical meeting held at its secretariat in Abuja. Prof. Ochefu also disclosed that the Vice-Chancellor of…

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Final-year law student sues FG, others over prolonged ASUU strike

•Calls for termination of salaries of political office holders By Opeyemi Babalola Soohemha Agatha Aker, a final year student at the Benue State University, Markudi, has dragged President Muhammadu Buhari, the 36 state governors, and other political office holders to court over the failure of the government to meet the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Aker, in the fundamental right enforcement suit filed by her counsel, Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume, SAN, marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1684/2022, is asking the court to stop the salaries of the President, Chief of Staff to…

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ASUU strike: How are lecturers surviving?

By Promise Adiele According to Chinua Achebe, “proverbs are the palm oil with which words are eaten.” Thus, Achebe underscores the importance of proverbs as an emblematic paradigm in spoken and written communicative strategies. Proverbs are powerful. They constitute vestiges of the fast receding African identity. There is no ethnic group in Africa that does not have proverbs which guide its cultural and sublunary ethos. In a sentence or phrase, a proverb can tell the story of one thousand words. They are deep and incisive. When we encounter them, they…

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National Industrial Court Judgement is not final – Osodeke

…Says ASUU will proceeds on appeal, urges members to remain calm …ERC describes court verdict as unfair, shameful By Opeyemi Babalola Following the court ruling earlier on Wednesday by Justice Polycarp Hamman of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, mandating the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to resume work, the union President, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, in reaction to the court ruling, said the decision of court is not final, expressing that it will appeal the judgement.  Speaking on a National Television, which was monitored by University Times…

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Hope rises as ASUU, Reps reach agreement, await Buhari’s approval

… Summons Finance Minister, Accountant General, Auditor General of the Federation, others over UTAS, IPPIS By Opeyemi Babalola There is fresh hope in the horizon that the students who have been affected by the over seven-month-old strike will soon resume academic activities, University Times International can report.  This revelation emerged at the recently-concluded conciliatory meeting between the leadership of the House of Representatives and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Tuesday.  The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, while addressing journalists after a 4-hour meeting with the…

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Buhari’s daughter-in-law, Zahra graduates with first class from UK varsity amid ASUU strike

By Opeyemi Babalola  Despite the shutdown of the nation’s public universities for over seven months,  Zahra B. Buhari, daughter-in-law of President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, bagged first class in Architectural science from a university in the United Kingdom.  Zahra, the daughter of the Emir of Bichi, Nasiru Ado Bayero, is married to Yusuf Buhari, the first son of President Muhammadu Buhari. The First Lady, Aisha Buhari, who attended the graduation with his son, Yusuf Buhari alongside other public office holders, shared a picture taken from the ceremony and congratulated the…

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NANS rejects court ruling on ASUU calling off strike

By Opeyemi Babalola The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has rejected an Industrial Court judgement which ordered Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) to suspend its ongoing strike immediately. Recall that Justice Polycarp Hamman of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) on Wednesday held that the strike was a breach of the Section 18(1)(2) of the Trade Disputes Act, which prohibits their action. Reacting, the National Public Relations Officer of NANS, Giwa Yisa Temitope, said the ruling betrayed equity because the Federal Government ought not to drag the…

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