Education

Appeal Court orders reinstatement of sacked EKSU workers

The Federal Appeal Court sitting in Ado Ekiti has ordered the immediate reinstatement of eighty-six Non-Academic Staff of the Ekiti State University EKSU whose appointments were illegally terminated by the institution on the 5th of December 2019.

The court also ordered immediate payment of their salary from when they were sacked to date.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Abdul-Azeez Waziri upheld the 2020 ruling of the Industrial Court in Akure, Ondo State on the matter, describing the termination of the appointment of the concerned workers as “unlawful, null and void.”

The Appeal Court also awarded the sum of N50,000 fine against the Ekiti State University to be paid to each claimant.

The university had on December 5, 2019, illegally disengaged the workers for alleged irregular appointments, forgery, and over-aged, among other allegations.

In his reaction, the leader of the affected Workers, Mr Babatunde Ajayi described the judgement as a victory for all, especially the families of the concerned workers whose rights had been trampled upon for over two years.

However, the vice Chancellor of EKSU, Professor Edward Olanipekun could not be reached for his reaction to the court judgment while the phone number of the institution’s spokesperson, Mr Bode Olofinmuagun was also switched off.

It would be recalled that the same Appeal Court, sitting Ado Ekiti recently ordered management of the Ekiti State University, EKSU to reinstate the 32 technologists whose appointments were terminated by the institution in December 2019.

Amos Ogunrinde

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