The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has granted leave to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to appeal the decision of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria delivered on the 21st of September.
In a ruling delivered by Justice Hamman Barka on October 7, 2022, and made public today, the court granted ASUU seven days to file its notice of appeal before the National Industrial Court on the condition that the order of the lower court is obeyed immediately.
ASUU had on September 28, 2022 applied to the court to grant it leave to appeal against the interlocutory order of Justice Polycarp Hamman of the National Industrial Court.
ASUU also asked for an order staying execution of the decision of the National Industrial Court pending the hearing and determination of its appeal.
ASUU brought the application both on grounds of law and on fundamental human rights and amongst other things, it asked the court not to shut out thousands of its members who are desirous of ventilating their grievances.
ASUU also held that the ruling of the National Industrial Court affects its members’ right to fair hearing and it would be in the interest of justice to stay the execution of the decision pending the hearing and determination of its appeal.