ADO-EKITI- The National Industrial Court, sitting in Akure has voided the disengagement of 32 technologists by the management of the Ekiti State University (EKSU).
Recall that the sacked staff had dragged the EKSU Governing Council and Vice Chancellor (first to third defendants respectively) to court over the matter.
Justice K.D Damulak in the suit number NICN/AD/03/2020 directed the University to effect the payment of the outstanding three months salaries of the affected workers.
In the judgment delivered on December 8, which copy was made available to journalists in Ado Ekiti Justice Damulak said, “The claimants are hereby reinstated to their erstwhile positions in EKSU. The first defendant (EKSU) is hereby ordered to pay the claimants (the 32 technologists) their three months’ salaries owed them before their unlawful disengagement.”
“The first defendant (EKSU) is hereby ordered to pay the claimants their salaries, emoluments and allowance and from the date of their unlawful termination till reinstatement today 8th December, 2020 and subsequently till retirement.”
“The employment of the claimants with the defendants enjoys statutory flavour. The employment of the claimants with the defendants is hereby regulated by the defendants’ statute, regulations and the claimant’s letter of employment,” the court ordered.
Although the court said the claimants were not entitled to general damages, it ordered the defendants to pay each claimant cost of N50,000 only.
“The salaries and cost up till today 8th December, 2020 are to be paid within 30 days of this judgment or the amounts will attract 10 per cent interest per annum”.