NIC dismisses ASUU’s suit against CONUA, NAMDA’s registration

Justice Benedict Kanyip held that section 27 of the Trade Union Act allows for more than one trade union in employment.

The National Industrial Court Abuja, on Tuesday dismissed the suit filed by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) challenging the registration of the Congress Of University Academics (CONUA) and the Nigeria Association of Medical and Dental Academics (NAMDA) as trade unions by the Federal Government.

Delivering judgment, President of the NIC, Justice Benedict Kanyip held that section 27 of the Trade Union Act allows for more than one trade union in employment.

He held that the section did not depict trade monopoly and that ASUU did not present any evidence before it to show the complete registration of CONUA and NAMDA when it filed the suit.

The Court held the evidence presented by ASUU, where hearsay evidence because when the suit was filed on 26th October, 2022, CONUA and NAMDA registration had not yet been gazetted in line with section 523 of the Trade Union Act.

The court further held that ASUU also committed an error by filing against NAMDA as the National Association of Medical and Dental Academics instead of the Nigeria Association of Medical and Dental Academics

Justice Kanyip further held that NAMDA was not in existence at the time ASUU filed the suit.

All reliefs sought by ASUU were refused and the suit accordingly dismissed.

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