Unpaid N42.3bn gratuities: Oyo Govt, pensioners to settle out of court

The National Industrial Court sitting in Ibadan on Wednesday fixed Nov. 14 for report of out-of-court settlement in a case instituted by the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Oyo State Chapter, against Gov. Abiola Ajimobi over alleged N42.3 billion gratuities and pensions arrears. Justice John Peter fixed the date following after listening to submissions from counsel to the parties. He advised that the litigation should not be allowed to drag for long, in the interest of the pensioners. The claimant instituted the case against Ajimobi and five others over unpaid N42.3 billion gratuities and pension arrears of retired primary school teachers and local government workers. Guri LG spends N31.5m on drilling boreholes, maintenance The other respondents in the suit are Oyo State attorney-general and commissioner for justice, the state commissioner for local government and chieftaincy matters, the state commissioner for finance, the accountant-general and the state head of service. The claimant’s counsel, Mr Lasun Sanusi (SAN), told the court that the state government had expressed readiness for out-of-court settlement. “We have filed an application for summary judgment on the basis that the claimant doesn’t have defence. “The state government initiated a meeting and expressed willingness to settle out of court. “The action has indicated a measure of seriousness, and we want to be given a chance to explore a possibility of out-of-court settlement,” he said. Counsel to the respondents, Mrs Bimpe Segun-Olakojo, prayed the court to extend the time within which to file defence in case the out-of-court settlement option would fail.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s