The National Industrial Court, sitting in Akure, Ondo State has reinstated 32 out of over 900 workers disengaged by the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti in December last year.
The university had on December 5, 2019 sacked over 900 of its works for alleged certificate forgery, irregular appointment, overage, among other allegations that contravened its conditions of service.
But in the suit number NICN/AD/03/2020, 32 technologist out of the sacked workers dragged EKSU, EKSU Governing Council and EKSU Vice Chancellor (first to third defendants respectively) to industrial court to seek redress.
They asked the court to determine whether their employments with EKSU enjoyed statutory protection and whether their disengagement was compatible with their status of employments which enjoyed statutory flavour.
Among others, they sought a declaration of the court that their disengagement as staff of EKSU “in the manner it was done was unlawful, irregular, illegal and therefore null and void and of no effect.
“An order for the immediate restoration and reinstatement of the claimants to their offices without loss of salaries, promotions, emoluments and other allowances due to them as staff of the First respondent (EKSU).
“Payment of the claimants’ three months salaries, emoluments and other allowances owed them before the purported and unlawful disengagement,” they requested among others.
But counsel to the university, prayed the court not to grant the request of the 32 technologists, saying they had not been able to establish in the case that their appointments with EKSU were unlawfully determined.
After listening to the submission of both the claimants’ and defense Counsel, the presiding Judge, Justice K.D Damulak, declared the termination of the workers’ appointment as “unlawful, null and void”.
A copy of the judgment delivered on December 8 was made available to journalists in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, where 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.”
UNN ASUU directs members to withhold results over unpaid salaries
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) chapter, has directed its members to withhold examination results of students in protest over eight months unpaid salaries by Federal Government.
BREAKING: ASUU members receive full salary for November, arrears withheld
Lecturers under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities have received full salaries for the month of November 2022.
A senior member of the union at the Bayero University Kano revealed this in a chat with journalists in Abuja.
He said, “Some of our members have started receiving salaries and I can confirm to you that we received our full salaries for the month of November. However, the arrears are still withheld.”
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It was learnt that the eight-month arrears remained withheld by the Federal Government.
The FG had refused to pay the striking lecturers for the eight months which the union embarked on strike.
The lecturers in October 2022 received a half pay, according to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.
FEC okays mother tongue for teaching in primary schools
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the use of mother tongue as a compulsory medium of instruction in primary schools in the country.
Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, disclosed this to State House correspondents after the week’s council meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said the mother tongue would be used exclusively for the first six years of education and combined with the English language from Junior Secondary School.
Adamu said though the policy had officially taken effect, it could only be fully implemented when government develops instructional materials and qualified teachers are available.
He said the mother tongue to be used in each school would be the dominant language spoken by the community where it is located.
Adamu said the government was determined to preserve the cultures of the people and their peculiar idiosyncrasies.
He lamented that so much had been lost due to the extinction of some local languages.
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