Senator Ibikunle Amosun

By Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta

Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ogun State, Comrade Akeem Ambali has sued the State government over his dismissal from service.

Ambali until his dismissal last November, was a Deputy Director Social Welfare at Sagamu Local Government of the State, over accusation of portraying the government of the day in bad light in his address during the 2016 World Teachers Day celebration.

Ambali and 14 other State workers were last October suspended for their various involvement in the campaign against the State government during the 2016 Teachers’ Day celebration.

But the government, a few months ago, recalled 12 out of the 15 dismissed workers.

The labour leader had approached the National Industrial Court of Nigeria sitting in Lagos, seeking justice over his sack.

The NLC boss in a suit No: NICN/LA/41/2017 supported by statement of fact and affidavit prayed the court to declare his dismissal as illegal and
unconstitutional.

The case was instituted against the  Local Government Service Commission, Civil Service Commission and Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice
as 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants respectively.

He also sought an order compelling the defendants to re-instate him and also an order directing the defendants to pay outstanding salaries and allowances owed him from October 2016 till the determination of the suit.

Ambali in the suit told the court that he addressed the audience during the celebration in his capacity as the state chairman of NLC and not an employee of the state government.

He claimed that he spoke on issues of the suspended registered labour unions in TASCE, scrapping of Local Government Joint Accounts and Occasion Committee and outstanding payment of workers gratuity since 2012.

Ambali faulted the state government for not granting him fair hearing before his dismissal from service despite a letter of appeal written to Governor Ibikunle Amosun, dated November 25, 2016.

The case was mentioned on Monday before Justice K. I Amadi of Court 6.

Lead counsel to the claimant, Mr. Femi Falana was represented by Ahmed Gbadamosi while A. O Ajidele, a deputy director, Civil Education, State Ministry of Justice appeared for the defendants.

Ajidele prayed for more time to file court processes in response to the suit.

Having listened to the plea of the counsel to the defendants, Justice Amadi, adjourned the case till June 28 and 29 for hearing.

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