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Court Orders Adamawa  To Pay 659 Sacked Teachers N660m

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

months.

 

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.

 

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