By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Oyo State wing on Friday insisted that NUT 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.
Oyo NUT in a statement signed by its Chairman Comrade Tojuade Adedoyin and Secretary, Comrade Muhammed Abudllahi in Ibadan said the interpretation of the judicial pronouncement of the Supreme Court by the Academic Staff Union of Secondary School (ASUSS) was misleading .
“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 “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.”, it said. According to the union, the said interpretation “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.” Oyo NUT emphasized that “the Supreme Court in essence, ordered that the matter be heard afresh before the Court of Appeal by members of the Bench.This 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,”
The union then called on members of the public “to disregard any rumour or information that judgment has been delivered in favour of the Appellants Academic Staff Union of Secondary School (ASUSS),
It however assured its members to be calm without entertaining any fear about the recent decision of the Supreme Court on Union’s leadership.