The National Industrial Court in Abuja has ordered the reinstatement of a Principal Executive Officer of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Abayomi Ipaye, who was unlawfully sacked in July 2017.
Court said the National Open University of Nigeria, did not follow its employment regulations and the law establishing the institution in sacking the claimant.
Premium Times reported that, Sanusi Kado, the judge who heard the case brought by Mr Ipaye to challenge the termination of his appointment, also ordered the university authorities to pay him his accrued salaries and other benefits from July 2017, when he was illegally sacked, to date.
The judge, who ruled that the claimant’s disengagement was done in violation of the university’s employment regulations, also awarded the cost of N500,000 against the university.
He recalled that he was employed as an executive officer, grade level 06 of the university, on September 1, 2005, over 15 years ago, and rose to become a principal executive officer II, grade level 09, the position he occupied till the termination of his employment in July 2017.
He claimed that his employment was terminated without being queried or invited to appear before any disciplinary panel in accordance with the university’s employment regulations governing.
In its defence, the university maintained that Mr Ipaye had had cases of acts of misconducts against the school with warnings and queries issued against him on different occasions.
It stated that the claimant deliberately refused to answer some of the queries, and insisted that the termination of his employment was in accordance with the rules and regulations governing his employment and the Act establishing the university.