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NICN orders NVRI,VOM to pay N2m for for restatement of illegal dismissal of staff

Umar Abdullahi,Jos

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria sitting in Plateau state has on Wednesday ordered the National Veterinary Research  Institute, NVRI VOM, to pay the sum of N2m as damages to Reuben Awanye Itruma for illegal termination of appointment. 

The presiding Judge, Honourable ,Justice Rabi Gwandu gave this order in her 45 minutes judgment in favour of the sack Mr Reuben Awanye Itruma.

Mr Itruma however spent 10 years were he  had instituted a case against National Veterinary Research  Institute, NVRI VOM, and its governing board for alleged unlawful termination of his appointment and abused of fundamental rights.

The court uphold that the termination of appointment of plaintiff didn't follow due process because the PW4 who is one of the top management confirmed that there was no time issue of Mr Reuben Itruma was brought as front burner .

She affirmed that on all the eight prayers of Mr Reuben Itruma, the dismissal was unconstitutional and null and void because its lack substantial evidence to prove his claims.

He briefed the court that he was employed by the institute in 1983 on temporary bases as the clerical officer (accounts) and was later made permanent staff on the 3rd of March 1988 and his confirmation took effect from 1985.

He added that he rose through the rank of Higher executive Officer (accounts) and never had any problem with the Institute since the appointment until 2007 when his purported dismissal from service was pronounced.

Our correspondent reports that the matter which has been on for over ten years now was first filed at the high but the court declined jurisdiction culminating to the transfer of the case to the Federal Industrial court of Nigeria which held seating in jos during the period of the case.

Before the honourable, court, writ of summons were entered and prayers of relief entered and pleads were duely exchanged by by the respective parties, led by counsels.

Deliver the verdict of the court on Thursday, Justice Mrs.  Rabi Gwandu, on Thursday discribed as unfortunate and unacceptable circumstances where employers would wake up and terminate appointment her staff without recourse.

Justice Gwandu, reiterated that even out of malice with an intent to frustrate an employee, due process to reprimand a staff as enshrined in civil service procedure must be adhered to.

A case, she said was violated by the NVRI and the board of governors by not given the complainant the fair hearing before his appointment was terminated, and thereby ordered NVRI should reinstate and pay Reuben Awanye Itruma his outstanding salary arrears, and other outstanding entitlements of ten years.

When approached by Judicial correspondents to respond on the judgement, the respondent's counsel Chief S T. Panwal, walked out of the journalists, saying "I don't have anything to tell the PRESS for now"

But for the complainant' counsel hailed the Judgement saying his client has been vindicated in the judgement.

According to him, all his prayers have been granted by the judgement to reinstated his client and pay back all his entitlements, dedicating to victory to judicially.

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