The Federal Government says nobody won or lost in the order of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria which ordered striking Academic Staff Union of Universities members to return to work.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, made the declaration while receiving members of the Nigerian Association of Medical and Dental Academics in his office.
The Minister also assured that the court ruling does not preclude further negotiation between the Federal Government and ASUU.
His words : “The ruling is in the best interest of the nation. It is a win-win situation for all of us – government, students, lecturers – all Nigerians indeed. I have just gotten the order of court asking ASUU to go back to work.It is a sound judgment. It is no victor, no vanquished.
“The court ruling does not preclude us from going on with further negotiation and consultations. The pro-chancellors met Mr. President and made some demands, such as topping up government offer and seeing whether there could be some bailout. Mr. President said in considering it, he will consult stakeholders. So, he is going to consult everybody.”