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Nigerian court orders striking lecturers to return to work

A Nigerian court ordered lecturers at public universities to call off a strike over pay that has lasted seven months and disrupted classes.

The lecturers are demanding higher pay and several negotiations with the government have broken down, which forced President Buhari’s administration to approach the National Industrial Court.

Strikes over working conditions by public university lecturers are common in Nigeria and often go on for months. The latest action started in February.

In an interim ruling, judge Polycarp Hamman said the lecturers should go back to work until the case brought by the government was finalised.

On Monday, hundreds of students blocked the main airport road in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos to protest against the disruption to classes caused by the lecturers’ strike.

They threatened to shut a major bridge and port on Wednesday.