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N8million suit against UI: Court fixes April 5 for adoption of final addresses

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The National Industrial Court sitting in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital has fixed April 5 for adoption of final written addresses in a N8 million damage suit filed by a former lecturer of University of Ibadan (UI), Professor Adenike Ogunshe.

DAILY POST reports that Oguneshe dragged the institution to the court over alleged unlawful termination of her appointment.

DAILY POST gathered that Ogunshe until the termination of her appointment is a lecturer in the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science.

The claimant is demanding for N8 million as damage against the institution.

The claimant noted that due process was not followed when she was sacked by the institution.

At the resume hearing of the suit on Wednesday, Counsel to the University of Ibadan, Adebayo Ajayi, informed the court that he had communicated to the institution management on December 14, 2020 directive of the court to settle the matter out of court.

Ajayi, who was in company of retired Prof. Oluwole Osunubi and Prof. Ishola Fashidi, who were appointed by the institution to oversee the settlement, said that he was unable to get the cooperation of the claimant’s counsel.

Justice John Peter later called the two professors to brief the court on what they notice why trying to settle the matter.

Osunubi and Fashidi informed the court that they discovered that the UI Department of Microbiology where the claimant works was not willing to take back the claimant when consulted.

The professors said the department wants the claimant to apologise and repent before they could take her back.

But, the claimant’s counsel, Femi Aborisade, told the court that there was an indication that the defendants are not willing to settle the matter amicably but to delay the matter unnecessary.

Aborisade said that the institution being the employer of the claimant does not need to consult the Microbiology Department on their decision on the settlement, if they were serious with the settlement.

He said it was the University of Ibadan that ought to take a decision on the settlement and not the department.

Aborisade then urged the court to allow him to move his application for adoption of final written address.

Peters in his declaration said it was wrong for the Microbiology department to insist not to take the claimant back, adding that they are all employees and no law allows the employee to dictate to the employer.

He said there was the need for the parties to tolerate one another, adding that life was about shifting ground.

“Am still appealing to counsel to find way to resolve this matter amicably, I don’t see any dispute that is beyond amicable settlement. Section 20 of the National Industrial Court Act encourages reconciliation and amicable settlement of matters.”

The judge then adjourned the matter till April 5 for adoption of final written addresses of parties.

N8million suit against UI: Court fixes April 5 for adoption of final addresses

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