Strike: FG, ASUU fail  to settle out-of-court 

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The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities were unable to resolve their differences out of court, lawyers to both parties said. 

The Court of Appeal had on Wednesday given both parties 24 hours to meet and resolve their differences outside the court.

But the lawyers on Thursday told the Court of Appeal that both parties could not reach a common ground.

The lawyer to the government, James Igwe, and lead counsel for ASUU, Femi Falana (SAN), told the Court of Appeal that despite the admonition, they could not resolve the dispute.

The presiding judge, Justice Hamma Barka, thereafter, stepped down the matter for an hour to enable the counsel for ASUU, Falana, to file a reply to the counter affidavit deposed to by the  in opposition to the hearing of the appeal.

At the resumption of the hearing, Falana said they had begun consultations which would continue at the end of the day’s proceedings. He suggested that their application challenging the ruling of the Industrial Court be heard by the three-man panel of the Appeal Court.

Both parties agreed that the court should hear the application, as there was no amicable resolution reached as advised by the court.


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