The absence of Obudu Fasheun, the presiding judge at the Jos zone of the National Industrial Court, Wednesday, stalled the suit filed by Plateau Local Government workers against the Plateau State Government.
The workers under the banner of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), and the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), filed the suit to challenge an order by the state government.
The Plateau State Government had in May directed all local government workers in the state to go back to their local government area of origin. The Government held that the move was to check corruption in the councils. It also constituted a committee to ensure that the order was carried out.
The workers, through their counsel, Sunday Obende, however described the actions of the state government as “illegal and suspect” arguing that “only the Local Government Commission has such powers.”
The workers asked the court to declare the State’s actions as illegal, null and void as the state government lacked the power to deploy and re-deploy council workers.
Due to Mr. Fasheun’s absence however, the case was adjourned to July 27 for hearing.
Apart from workers’ crisis, Plateau is also embroiled in major violence which has rocked the state for several years. For the first time since the violence started, Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) were fired on Tuesday, which caused the death of a 7-year old and wounded several others.