The Court of Appeal in Abuja has asked the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government to opt for an out-of-court settlement in handling the impasse between both parties.
The court took the decision on Wednesday while hearing the appeal filed by ASUU over the September 21 judgement of the National Industrial Court, which ordered the university lecturers to suspend their strike action.
DAILY GIST reported that the National Industrial Court in its ruling had ordered ASUU to suspend its eight months industrial action which began on February 14.
But the union, in a 14-ground of appeal it lodged through its team of lawyers led by a frontline human rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, equally applied for a stay of execution of the judgement.
ASUU had been on strike since February 14 to press home the demand for improved funding for universities, a review of salaries for lecturers, replacement of UTAS with IPPIS among other issues.