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Retired lecturer wants to be enrolled as pensioner


Abuja  –   A former lecturer at the Federal Polytechnic Kaduna, Mr Godwin Adayi has asked the National Industrial Court, Abuja, to compel the school to register him as a pensioner with the National Pension Commission.
Adayi also wants the court to order the school to issue him with a certificate of service to enable him to get another job.
Counsel to Adayi, Mr E.C Nwogu, told the court on Monday that his client was sent on compulsory retirement adding that the school did this without complying with the public service rules.
Nwogu said public service rules required that the claimant be given a certificate of service, and be enrolled in the pension scheme as soon as he was retired, among other requirements.
He said the school did not comply with the rules thereby causing his client untold hardship and humiliation since he had not been able to secure another employment.
He added that he was recently evicted from his accommodation.
Mr Nathan Dandien, counsel to the respondent, however, told the court that his client complied with all the laid down rules stipulated for disengaging a member of staff from service.
Dandien said all the necessary evidence to prove his claim had been filed with the court.
He asked the court to dismiss the matter with punitive cost adding that continuing the case was an abuse of court processes since the matter had been in court since 2014.
The judge, Justice Babatunde Adejumo, told the counsel to the respondent to advise his client not to be too hard on the claimant.
He said that he should also ensure that his retirement was not a thing of sorrow to him.
Adejumo also urged the claimant to explore ways of reaching an amicable agreement saying that the rules of the court permitted the judge to promote reconciliation and encourage amicable settlement.
He, however, gave the assurance that justice would be served and adjourned the matter to July 13. (NAN)

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