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Strike: Court recommends out-of-court settlement for FG, ASUU

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The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal yesterday urged the Federal Government and the striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to further explore an out-of-court resolution of their dispute.

Consequently, the appellate court in a unanimous decision by a three-man panel of Justices, deferred hearing of the Appeal  ASUU lodged before it for another 24 hours.

It said the decision was to allow the warring parties to have a rethink and re-approach the negotiation table, with a view to resolving all the thorny issues amicably.

Justice Georgewill Biobele Abraham had after the matter was called up for hearing, implored FG’s lawyer, Mr. James Igwe, SAN, and counsel to ASUU, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, to take patriotic stand and convey the position of the court to their clients.

“There is time for everything. Time for war and time for peace. As ministers in the temple of justice, we want to see the two of you as senior lawyers to encourage and explore amicable settlement of this dispute.

“In fact, we expect to return to this court on Thursday (today) with good news that the dispute has been thrashed out and all the appreciation of Nigerians will go to you.

“So, talk to your clients to take the interest of the nation into consideration for the sake of our children. As you leave here, go and sit down and talk and resolve the matter,” Justice Abraham added.

Responding, FG’s lawyer, Igwe, thanked the panel for the admonition and promised to further discuss the issue with ASUU’s lawyer.

On his part, Falana, SAN, said his clients were always open for dialogue, adding that he had earlier initiated a similar move.

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