By Adebisi Onanuga
The National Industrial Tribunal for Nigeria (NICN), located in Ibadan, has postponed the sine die trial in a lawsuit brought by a former Commissioner of the Ogun State Judicial Service Commission, Abayomi Omoyinmi, contesting the end of his employment in the government of the because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Ogun State Government, Governor Dapo Abiodun, the Attorney General and the Commissioner of Justice and the State House of Assembly, are the first to fourth respondents in the process marked NICN / AB / 09/2019.
Other matters listed for settlement reports between the Ogun State Civil Service Commission, the State Council for Universal Basic Education, the Teaching Service Commission and different claimants have also been suspended.
The trials failed on May 5, as the court did not appear in all cases listed for hearing in NICN's trial rooms, Ibadan.
Judge Dele Peters, on May 5, had set up a report of agreement between the Ogun state government and the claimant, Omoyinmi.
It was concluded that litigants in all matters received messages on May 4, stating that the court will not appear the next day and that a new date for the hearing will be communicated to them.
During the March process, Ms. M. Oliyide, leader of O.A. Shodipo, to the government and other interviewees, told Judge Peters that they were still talking to the claimant about the termination dispute.
The proceedings also covered other cases involving members of the House of Assembly Commission, Civil Service Commission, teaching service commission, local government service commission and State Council for Universal Basic Education (SUBEB).
When the judge asked if the terms of the agreement were ready on all matters involving the state government, including the one instituted by Omoyinmi who disputed the termination of his appointment, Oliyide said the negotiations were ongoing and the defendants needed more. time.
She promised that, in the next postponement, all matters would have been resolved.
He complied with the defense's request and postponed until May 5 for the final settlement report on all pending matters.
Omoyinmi, in a notification motion filed pursuant to Order 22 of the NICN Rules of Civil Procedure in action #: NICN / AB / 09/2019 stated that he was appointed a member of the Commission through a letter from former Governor Ibikunle Amosun in February 2012, for a term of five years, as stipulated in the Constitution and renewed by another letter dated 30 January 2018, in accordance with Section 199 (1) (C) of the same law and until January 2023 .
He said the appointment was terminated by the state government without following due process and contrary to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.
Omoyinmi therefore prayed to the court for two orders:
An order that annuls the appointments, constitution and inauguration of the new members executed by the governor and by the State Chamber of the Assembly and second and fourth respondents, respectively, in the process at NICN / AB / 09/2019, pending the interlocutory injunction request before The court;
He is also asking the court for an interlocutory injunction order containing the Ogun state government and Governor Abiodun, appointed on November 4 as members of the OSJSC to perform the functions and duties of the Commission pending the hearing and determination of subpoenas. of origin and interlocutory motion. Injunction filed on August 8.
He is also asking the court for an order ordering the defendants to maintain the status quo in relation to the president and members of the Ogun State Judicial Service Commission, pending the determination of the action.
In his statement of support for the motion, the plaintiff stated that he was aware that, despite the service of the Citation of Origin and the request for an interlocutory injunction, the defendants did not file any counter-statements.
Omoyinmi said he heard through the media on October 31 that, despite the pending case, the second accused announced the appointment of new members to the commission.