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Court Threatens Bauchi Teachers Over Strike

| July 24, 2012 More

The Bauchi State Principal District Court 8, presided over by Chief Magistrate Isah Mohammed, has threatened to remand the executive members of the State chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) for disobeying a court order restraining them from going on with their current strike.

LEADERSHIP recalls that the teachers had embarked on an indefinite strike about two weeks ago following the failure of the state government to meet their demand: to remove or transfer the Commissioner of Education, Alhaji Ibrahim Aminu, over alleged victimisation and unfair promotions.

The State Ministry of Education  had gone to court and obtained a restraining order that stop the association from embarking on the industrial action, but the union alleged that they were served the court papers after they had already embarked on the strike and urged their members to continue.

Some of the trade unions and stakeholders in education disassociated themselves from the strike but about a half of the secondary school teachers obeyed the union’s call for strike, paralysing academic activities in the state.

Counsel to the teachers, J.T. Kulebo filed preliminary objection to the suit on the grounds that the court had no jurisdiction to entertain the matter and argued that since they intended to challenge the court jurisdiction, his application should be heard first and thrashed before any other action

Counsel to the Ministry of Education, M.O. Mwoye, told the court that officials of the association refused to obey the restraining order. He sought  the court to serve them with form 48 for disobeying court order that restrained them from going on strike, and argued that the preliminary objection filed by the defence counsel was oral application.

In his ruling, Magistrate Isah Mohammed ordered that the preliminary objection be heard first and for the defence counsel to put the applicants on notice and to serve all the defence team with Form 48. He  also ordered that all parties comply with the restraining order in the interim as earlier given by the court,  and adjourned the suit to July 26 for hearing of the preliminary objection.

Category: Bauchi State News

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