The National Industrial Court has set May 30 for its ruling in the suit filed by the federal government against the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
ASUU was dragged to court by the federal government to determine the substantive suit filed during the eight-month strike in 2022.
In the resumed hearing presided over by Justice Benedict Kanyip, Ita Enang, the claimants’ counsel, told the court that the matter was slated for adoption of written addresses.
On his part, Femi Falana (SAN), the defendant’s counsel disclosed that he had filed a notice of appeal before the Court of Appeal.
He added that he was contesting the verdict of the court on March 28, which ruled that the Minister of Labour and Employment has the power to refer the matter to the National Industrial Court.
Falana prayed for stay of execution and for the matter to be adjourned pending the outcome of the Court of Appeal’s decision, submitting that the issue of competence of the appeal was for the court to determine as argued by Enang.
In his ruling, Enang said that time is crucial in the delivery of justice.
“It is better to get a bad judgment quickly than a good judgment in delayed time in labour matters”, he stated.
After listening to more arguments from both parties, he adjourned the matter until May 30 for judgment