The National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) on Thursday ordered
the Adamawa State government to pay N660m to 659 sacked teachers by
the Post Primary Board.
The teachers, had on Augusst 11, 2015 sued the Adamawa state Government,
Ministry of Education 2nd respondent, Post Primary School Management
Board and the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, seeking a
declaration that their appointment was valid, lawful and not illegal,
having worked for a period of 29 months.
They also sought a declaration that having worked for the defendants
for 29 months they were entitled to the payment of their salaries and
wage, allowances and entitlements totaling N638. 9m.
Delivering judgment, Justice Nelson Ogbuanya of the NICN, Yola
Division held that the state government failed to provide evidence
that the teachers were disengaged.
Ogbuanya, therefore held that the teachers were still valid staff of
the state government from August 2012 till date.
He also ordered the state government to pay the teachers their 29
months’ salaries within two weeks.
The judge also ordered the government to pay another N22 million as
damages to the complainants for keeping them without salaries for the
period under review.
Uguanya rued the behavior of some employees who could trample on the
people’s dignity of labour.
After the judgment, Mr Urbanus Jonathan, state counsel said that he
received the judgment with shock.
Jonathan, who represented the state ministry of justice, said that he
would get back to the ministry and study the judgment which copies
were not yet served before deciding on the next line of action.
Also speaking, Mr Abubakar Babakano, Counsel to teachers described the
judgment as a land mark one, adding that it shows that judiciary is
the last hope of the common man.
Babakano said that the court had given judgment to teachers and they
would wait for the implementation of the judgment.
He however, urged the state government to implement the judgment without delay.
The teachers were employed by the Adamawa government under former Gov.
Murtala Nyako in August 2012.
The teachers were deployed to various schools and stated work, were
given staff numbers, and they started collecting salaries for six
The same government stopped paying them salaries on account that they
were not professionals, given that they were not holders of either
Bachelor degree in Education or National Certificate in Education.