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14 Jun 2018

Shock as court orders government to pay N660m to 659 sacked teachers

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) on Thursday ordered the Adamawa government to pay N660 million to 659 sacked teachers by the Adamawa Post Primary Board.

NAN reports that on Aug. 11, 2015, the teachers sued the Adamawa 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. 9 million.

Delivering judgment, Juustice Nelson Ogbuanya of the NICN, Yola Division held that the state government failed to provide evidence tat 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 behaviour of some employees who could trample on the peoples 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 coppies 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. NAN reports that 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 proffessionels, given that they were not holders of either Batchalors degrees in Education or National Certificate in Education.

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