Courts Orders UI To Reinstate And Compensate Dismissed Lecturer With A Sum Of N13Million

By Ogunsesan Nafisat

The University of Ibadan has been coerced by the National Industrial Court to reinstate dismissed lecturer, Dr Adenike Ogunshe, a senior lecturer at the Department of Microbiology.

The Institution was also ordered to pay her a sum of N13Million, according to PEOPLES GAZETTE.

Dr Ogunshe’s appointment with the university was terminated because she refused to vacate her office.

The National Industrial Court is vested with exclusive jurisdiction on all labour, employment and related matters.

Justice John Peters, who delivered the judgement on Monday, July 5th said the university did not honour the rules and regulations that guide the employment relationship concerning the termination of Dr. Ogunshe’s appointment.

He added that the relocation of office that led the termination of the Dr Ogunshe’s appointment started in 2006 and was left unattended until 2013 when she was issued a query, adding that the issue was further escalated by the claimant’s stance that rules and regulations be followed in the head of the department’s appointment.

This also included following rules regarding students who did not attend classes being allowed to sit for their final examinations as against the university’s regulations.

Mr Peters declared the termination of Ms Ogunshe’s appointment by the institution as unlawful, null, void, and of no effect since it didn’t comply with the applicable rules.

The judge ordered the immediate reinstatement of Dr. Ogunshe to her position as senior lecturer in the department of microbiology without loss of benefits, prerequisites of office, promotion, and remunerations and that the institution should pay her N13,607,028, being her salary arrears from August 15, 2016, to the date of the judgment.

“I order and direct the defendants to pay the claimant all her arrears of salaries from the date of termination of her appointment till the date of this judgment,” the judge said .

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