28 January 2013

Nigeria: Suit Against Labour Minister, Rtean Dismissed

The National Industrial Court (NIC) has dismissed the suit filed by Abubakar Sadiq- led faction of the Road Transport Employees' Association of Nigerian, RTEAN, against the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity challenging the official recognition accorded Alhaji Sabo Mohammed Tanko's administration.

Sadiq- led faction of RTEAN had last year dragged the ministry of labour before the NIC after the federal government handed fuel subsidy palliatives to RTEAN through Olufemi Ajewole's administration.

Ajewole was later allegedly expelled from the association for a different allegation.

The aggrieved claimants under the leadership of Abubakar Sadiq had asked the court for a declaration that in view of the inter-union disputes the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity was wrong in granting recognition to the Tanko's lead RTEAN who succeeded Ajewole.

The claimants also want all the vehicles received by the association under the fuel subsidy palliative programme from the federal government to be shared among the factions.

Ruling on the preliminary objection filed by the defendants, Justice M.N. Sowe noted that the core issue before the court borders on inter-union disputes which the National Industrial Court had the opportunity to pronounce upon earlier in 2009. She said that the appeal challenging the decision of the National Industrial Court was still pending before the Court of Appea,l Kaduna Division.

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