By Tayo Busayo, Abuja – The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said it is set to appeal the order by the National Industrial Court (NIC), directing the suspension of its seven months old strike.


DAILY COURIER earlier reported that the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), on Wednesday, ordered ASUU to suspend its seven months old strike.


In his ruling on Wednesday, Polycarp Hamman held that the strike was a breach of Section 18(1)(2) of the Trade Disputes Act, which prohibits their action.


But in a swift reaction, ASUU, in a terse statement signed by the Lagos Zonal Chairman, Adelaja Odukoya, urged its members to “remain calm”, adding that its lawyer is already filing an appeal.


The statement titled; “NIC Back to Work Order on ASUU: Be Calm”, urged members and Nigerians to remain united, even as it suggested that the order would be vacated.


The statement read in part: “Our Comrade President, Comrade Victor Osodeke, has urged members of our Great Union to remain calm as there is no cause for alarm on the back-to-work order delivered earlier today.


“Our lawyer is filing an appeal and stay of execution of the judgement. Members should remain resolute and strong. A united people can never be defeated. Solidarity without compromise.”