An Industrial Court sitting in Port Harcourt has adjourned for hearing in a suit against the Rivers State Local Government Service, Emohua Local Government and Chairman Emohua Local Government Council Chidi Lylod, filed by nineteen aggrieved Emohua LGA staff unlawfully affected by demotion/downgrading of employment grade level and slashing/non-payment of salaries.
The Claimants had approached the Court for judicial interpretation of section 17 sub 3 (A) (B) (C) (D) section 7 sub (5) fourth schedule of the 1999 constitution of federal republic of Nigeria and section 44 sub (1) section 48 sub (1) (2) of Rivers State Local Government Law Number 5 of 2018.
The Claimants are seeking an order of court on the Defendant’s to within seven days of judgement release in full the with held and unpaid salaries of claimants.
An order whether those held in full, or by way of deduction as applicable to any of the Claimants case whose salaries is withheld in part or in full and particularly those affected by the Defendants unlawful demotion/downgrading of employment grade level.
When the matter came up for mention Counsel representing the Claimants Kingdom Chukwuezi, notified the court that they have served originating summon on parties in the matter, but are yet to get responses.
Winston Madume Counsel representing 1st and 2nd Defendants the Emohua local government Council and Emohua Council Chairman Chidi Lylod, confirmed before the court that they have received the processes, but asked the court for more time to enable them file their processes.
Justice Nelson Ogbuanya after listening to submissions of Counsel’s in the matter, adjourned the case to 12
July, 2022, for hearing.