The 76 claimants were retired in 2006.
Some former employees of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Abuja, have dragged the ministry before the National Industrial Court over unlawful retirement.
The 76 ex-workers are led by one Mohammed Nadodi.
The claimants joined the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and Abuja Environmental Protection Board as defendants in the suit. They alleged that they were compulsorily retired in 2006 by the defendants, sequel to a purported Federal Government reforms.
The claimants are praying the court to declare that their retirement in 2006 was unlawful, null and void, and of no effect. They are also praying the court to order the defendants to reinstate and pay all their entitlements from the date of the action till date.
The claimants further prayed the court to order that they be posted to the grade level they ought to be in upon reinstatement.
When the matter came up for mention on Tuesday, the counsel to the claimants, Shola Egbeyinka, informed the court that there was no legal representation by the defendants.
Mr. Egbeyinka told the court that all the originating processes and the hearing notice had been served on the defendants, to which they had yet to reply.
The judge, Peter Lifu, ordered that fresh hearing notice be served on the defendants before the next adjourned date.
Mr. Lifu adjourned the case to October 28 for further mention.
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