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Leadership Tussle: NUT Allays Teachers’ Fear Over ASUSS Claim

Story By Rachael Aina, January 29, 2021

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Oyo State Wing on Friday enjoined its teeming members across the divides of the state, both in the primary and secondary schools to be calm without entertaining any fear about the recent decision of the Supreme Court on Union’s leadership. 

The NUT said it still remains the only recognized and registered Trade Union that is empowered by the Trade Union Act to unionize both teachers in primary and secondary schools in Nigeria.

A statement signed by the NUT Chairman and Secretary, Com. Tojuade Adedoyin and Muhammed  Abudllahi admonished the general public to disregard any rumour or information flying that judgment has been delivered in favour of the Appellants Academic Staff Union of Secondary School (ASUSS).

The NUT described as misleading the interpretation of the judicial pronouncement of the Supreme Court By ASUSS .

According to the body, “the attention of the state leadership of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Oyo State Wing has been drawn to the rumours flying around that the legal tussle between the so called “Academic Staff Union of Secondary School (ASUSS) formerly Conference of Secondary School Tutors (COSST) and the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and two (2) others was resolved in favour of ASUSS. 

“This is not only a big lie, but a deliberate distortion of facts and clear misinterpretation of the judgment of the Supreme Court.

 “The judgment of the Honourable Court delivered on the 15th January, 2021 was in fact clear and unambiguous as it rendered the judgment of the Court of Appeal incompetent of the ground that the members of the bench who delivered the judgment were not properly constituted to adjudicate on the contested matter. 
“The Supreme Court in essence, ordered that the matter be heard afresh before the Court of Appeal by members of the Bench.

 ” The points to the fact that the judgment of the court of the first instance delivered in favour of the Respondents (NUT & OTHERS) still subsists, valid and binds on the parties involved until the Court of Appeal decides otherwise upon a fresh hearing of the Appeal ordered by the Supreme court in its judgment,” it stated.

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