NNPC Workers’ Suit: Court Fixes March 14 For Hearing

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Abuja –  The National Industrial Court, Abuja has adjourned hearing in the case of Momodu Mohammed, and six other disengaged workers of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) till March 14.

Other claimants are ; Umar Danladi, Mohammed Abdul,Maria Hassan, Ibrahim Garba, and T.Verderpuye.

The aggrieved workers also joined Pipelines and Products Marketing Company Limited (PPMC) in the suit.

The workers, who were temporary staff of the PPMC Gombe Area Office, had filed a suit against the company over alleged unlawful termination of their services from the corporation.

The workers alleged that they were laid off without notice from the corporation in 2004.

At the resumed hearing, the case could not go on, because the claimants had no counsel to represent them in court.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Edith Agbakoba, then, adjourned the suit to March 14 to enable the claimants get legal representation.

The claimants prayed the court to order the respondents to pay them their entitlements and other benefits that had accrued since 2004.

They said that as temporary workers, they were entitled to consolidated salary as provided in the Corporate Policy and Procedure Guide of the NNPC.

Accordingly, they prayed the court to prevail on the respondents to pay them the accurate consolidated salaries scale while in the service of the respondents.(