Tejiri Ebikeme

The Industrial Court sitting in Enugu has restrained Delta State University, Abraka and the state government from changing the status of the teachers of the university’s secondary school as staff of the school pending the determination of the substantive suit instituted by the staff.

Presiding Judge of the court, Hon. Justice A. Ibrahim gave the order after hearing an experte application brought by the teachers in pursuit to the order 15 of the National Industrial Court Rules, 2007.

The interim order followed the expert case instituted by the teachers over an attempt by the authorities of the university to change their status as employees of the governing council of the Delta State University to that of the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education.

Meanwhile, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), DELSU, Abraka branch, has issued a two-week ultimatum signed by the Chairman, Comrade G.A.Ohwarborna and Secretary, Comrade Mathew Eyuren to the authorities of the university to rescind the decision to avoid industrial action.

Similarly, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Delta State Council, has in a letter dated May 9, 2014, advised both the state government and the university management to restore the status of the teaching staff of the DELSU Secondary School as staff of the university as contained their employment letters to avert industrial crisis.