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Court orders Oyedepo’s university to pay ex-employee N10.3m as damages, terminal benefit

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The Nationwide Industrial Court docket on Thursday ordered Covenant College, Ota, Ogun State, to pay its former worker, Dr. Adekunle Oyeyemi, the sum of N10.3 million as basic damages, terminal profit, and wage.

The decide, Justice Ayodele Obaseki-Osaghae, delivering judgment additionally declared that the termination of the claimant’s employment was wrongful and in breach of the contract of his employment.

The court docket ordered the cost of N8.2 million because the equal of his 24-month wage as basic damages.

The sum of N1.7 million was ordered as terminal advantages and N344,635 being wage in lieu of discover, to be paid inside 30 days.

The decide held that the college’s unilateral assessment of the claimant’s employment conversion to Senior Lecturer was wrongful.

The court docket said that the motion was unsolicited and was designed to make the office insupportable for him and drive his exit.

Obaseki-Osaghae said that there was no wrongdoing established earlier than the court docket that necessitated the termination of the claimant’s appointment with speedy impact.

“The phrases with ‘speedy impact’ have the impact of stigmatization.

“The termination of the claimant’s employment is wrongful and never in accordance with worldwide greatest practices.” the decide dominated.

From information, the claimant submitted that he was employed as a full-time Director of the College’s Counseling Centre from Oct.1, 2007, to Nov.15, 2016, when his appointment was terminated with none misconduct.

As well as, he said that he despatched an inside memo to the Secretary of the College Board to state his place in opposition to the board’s decision on the difficulty of tenure of Principal Officers and Administrators.

He additional mentioned that he bought a reply letter informing him that his tenure because the Director of the Centre had come to an finish and he was being redeployed to the Division of Psychology as a Senior Lecturer, which was in opposition to his phrases of employment.

The claimant’s counsel, Funmi Falana, submitted that the termination of her consumer’s employment was carried out opposite to the establishment’s regulation.

She, due to this fact, sought an order of reinstatement amongst different reliefs.

The defendant, on its half, submitted that the claimant was invited to a roundtable dialogue when his service was now not required in its counselling centre.

The college additionally said that when the claimant was knowledgeable of its determination to switch him as a Senior Lecturer on contract, he consented to the association.

The college said that it determined to retain the claimant as a Senior Lecturer on contract as a form gesture as he was over 60 years as on the time and was due for retirement. (NAN)

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