Appeal Court to rule today as FG, ASUU fail to reach out-of-court settlement

Hopes of an end to the protracted strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), were deferred as the lawyers for the Federal Government and ASUU, yesterday, told the Court of Appeal that both parties could not resolve issues around the eight months strike, despite the out-of-court settlement as advised by the Appellate Court.

Also, the expected meeting of President Muhammadu Buhari with the leadership of the House of Representatives earlier scheduled for yesterday to look into the House’s recommendations on ending the strike did not hold. On Tuesday, Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, led lawmakers to the State House to present its report after its series of engagements with ASUU.

Receiving the report, the President promised to look at the recommendations and take a final decision in Thursday’s meeting with the House leadership. The meeting, however, failed to hold after the President’s return to the Villa from an official function in Kaduna State.

At the court yesterday, FG’s lawyer, James Igwe (SAN), and lead counsel to 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 Falana to file a reply to the counter affidavit deposed to by the FG 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.

The Court of Appeal will today, October 7, deliver a ruling in ASUU’s application seeking permission to appeal against the Industrial Court order. The industrial court had on September 21, granted interlocutory order in favour of the Federal Government, ordering the university lecturers to resume work pending the resolution of their dispute with the government.

Dissatisfied with the lower court’s order, ASUU filed an application at the Court of Appeal, Abuja, seeking the leave of court to file an appeal against the industrial court order. Falana claimed that it is the right of his client to file an appeal against the interlocutory injunction because it is against them.

Veteran actor Arun Bali passes away at the age of 79

Veteran actor Arun Bali, who was well-known for his role in hit films like 3 Idiots, Kedarnath, Panipat and many others, passed away in Mumbai today (october 7). The veteran actor who has many TV shows to his credit was 79.

Earlier this year, the veteran actor was diagnosed with a rare long-term neuromuscular disease Myasthenia Gravis. It was heartbreaking news for all his fans and family members as the actor passed away today at 4:30 am in Mumbai.

Bali’s son Ankush said his father was suffering with Myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disease caused by communication failure between nerves and muscles, for which he was admitted to a hospital early this year. Ankush said his father was responding well to the treatment but passed away at around 4.30 am.

“My father left us. He was suffering from Myasthenia gravis. He had mood swings for two-three days. He told the caretaker he wanted to go to the washroom and after coming out he told him he wanted to sit down and he never got up then,” he told PTI. The actor was earlier diagnosed with a rare long-term neuromuscular disease Myasthenia Gravis.

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