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Lawyer Sues FG, ASUU Over Strike

A Lagos-based legal practitioner, Daniel Onwe, has
dragged the Federal Government and the Academic
Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, before a Federal
High Court in Lagos, southern Nigeria, over the lingering crisis between the two bodies which has led to the closure of public universities in the country since 1 July.

In a motion dated 30 September, 2013, Barrister Onwe is seeking an order of court to compel ASUU to call off the strike it embarked upon in protest over the
unwillingness of government to implement certain
aspects of the agreement they reached over the parlous state of Nigerian universities and other issues.

In a 15-paragraph affidavit filed along with the motion,
Onwe is asking the court to declare that the indefinite
strike embarked upon by ASUU, leading to the closure
of government owned universities for three months,
violates the fundamental rights of the students
affected.

He argued that the continued strike action by ASUU has traumatized many students who now engage in all sorts of vices.

Onwe posited that the plight of the affected students
has worsened as their contemporaries in private
universities continue to attend lectures while they
remain idle at home.

He urged the court to compel ASUU to open the
universities for lectures to resume while their
negotiation with the Federal Government continues.
No date has been fixed for hearing of the suit.

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