Court Reinstates 28 Sacked Ede Poly Staff, Orders Payment Of 5 Years Salary
Twenty-eight staff members of Federal Polytechnic Ede, Osun State, who were illegally sacked by the management, have been reinstated by the National Industrial Court, Ibadan Division, Oyo State.
The court also ordered the polytechnic to pay the reinstated staff their full salaries and allowances for the five years they were out of work.
Abiona argued that Messrs Cornelius Nwokoro, Mr Ayodele Oni, Thomas Aborowa, Fatai Adeeyo, and 24 others were illegally sacked and demanded N28 million in damages, but the court declined this request.
Delivering his judgment on Friday, the presiding judge, Justice Opeloye Ogunbowale, directed Federal Polytechnic, Ede, to pay the 28 staff members all their due entitlements from January 2018 till date.
The court also awarded a cost of N500,000 against the Federal Polytechnic Ede in favour of the dismissed staff.
Justice Ogunbowale agreed with Abiona’s submission that the dismissal of the claimants was illegal and violated their fundamental human rights.
He said that the claimants’ contract of employment was statutory, and therefore their termination was subject to their respective letters of employment and confirmation of employment.
Justice Ogunbowale said that such directive could not be applied to the claimants, whose appointments were based on statutory provisions.
The judge further noted that the defendants failed to follow due process in terminating the claimants’ appointments.