Academic staff Union of universities ( ASUU ) is dragged to court by the Law Students Association of Nigeria over what they described as incessant strikes by the union. The students association is seeking the return of ASUU to classrooms as well as an order to restrain ASUU from embarking on further strikes.
The law suit was filed by the President of the association, Mr Blessing Agbomhere on behalf of his members is also asking the Federal high Court Abuja, to compel ASUU to pay N10 billion compensation fee to the Nigerian students.
The association claims that the right of the students to education as guaranteed by Section 18 of the 1999 Constitution and Article 17 of african Charter on human and people’s rights are infringed. Furthermore, the association asked the court to order ASUU to pay N10 billion damages to all Nigerian students for the physiological and emotional torture metted out to them .
The association is seeking a declaration that the Union strike is a breech of the rights of members of Association to education.
” A declaration that the indefinite strike embarked upon by the 1st and 2nd defendants since March 2020, leading to the closure of public universities, which has negatively impacted on the plaintiff’s learning and smooth ooeration of Academic calendar of universities, is a brazen infraction of the plaintiff’s right to education.
“An order of mandatory injunction compelling the 1st and 2nd defendants to call off the strike and return to the status quo ante bellum whilst negotiation for amicable resolution of the issues in contention or among the defendants is ongoing. An order of perpetual injunction restraining the 1st and 2nd defendants from declaring or embarking on indefinite and incessant strikes ” are also part of the relief seek by the association.
The association is also seeking an order directing the 3rd to 6th defendants to reopen public universities and honour their contractual agreements with the 1st and 2nd defendants in the overall interest of the plaintiff.
However, no date has been fixed for the hearing of the lawsuit.