Court Rules In Favour Of Senior Lecturer Dismissed From Nigeria’s First University Over Refusal To Vacate Office Space

The National Industrial Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, has dominated in favour of Adenike Ogunshe, a senior lecturer on the University of Ibadan, who was dismissed by the varsity’s governing council in 2016 over her refusal to vacate an workplace area.

The judgement was delivered by Justice J. D. Peters of the courtroom on June 24, 2021.

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Ogunshe had in September 2016 instituted a swimsuit in opposition to the college and its governing council after her appointment as a senior lecturer was terminated. 

From the judgement, it was acknowledged that Ogunshe was directed by her Head of Department to vacate her workplace, which is alleged to be a ‘preparatory room’ for the ultimate 12 months laboratory. 

She, nonetheless, refused to adjust to this directive arguing that there have been many different workplaces within the annex however solely hers was labelled ‘a preparatory laboratory’. 

It was additionally acknowledged that the division offered her with one other workplace however with claims of risk to life, she refused to maneuver to the workplace. JUDGMENT PROF OGUNSE V UI.pdf

The courtroom, in its ruling on June 24, nonetheless, held that the defendants — the college and her governing council — had didn’t adjust to the relevant guidelines and laws guiding the employment relationship referring to termination as acknowledged within the college’s workers info handbook of guidelines and laws.

The courtroom additionally held that the ’employment of a workers (member) with statutory flavour who has been discovered responsible of misconduct can’t be terminated by the employer as offered on this case with out full compliance with the established disciplinary process’.

Hence, the courtroom ordered the quick reinstatement of Ogunshe to her place as Senior Lecturer within the Department of Microbiology. 

It additionally held that the college ought to pay her a sum of N13, 607, 028.08 as wage arrears of the claimant from August 15, 2016 to the date of the judgement.

The defendants have been additionally ordered to pay Ogunshe N200, 000 as the price of the authorized proceedings.

 

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Court Rules In Favour Of Senior Lecturer Dismissed From Nigeria's First University Over Refusal To Vacate Office Space

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