The National Industrial Court in Ibadan has ordered the University of Ibadan to immediately reinstate Adenike Ogunshe, whose appointment was terminated by the institution on June 14, 2016.
Mrs Ogunshe, a Professor and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Microbiology, University of Ibadan, was sacked by the institution over her alleged refusal to vacate her office for another one, which she alleged was not secure.
Delivering judgment on Monday, John Peters said the University of Ibadan failed to comply with the rules and regulations guiding the employment relationship with respect to termination of Mrs Ogunshe’s appointment.
Mr Peters said the issue of relocation of office that led to the alleged termination of the claimant’s appointment started in 2006 and was left hanging until 2013 when the claimant was issued a query.
The judge said the court found out that the issue was escalated by the claimant’s insistent that rules and regulations be followed in the appointment of Head of Department and students who did not attend classes being allowed to write final examinations against the known laid down rules and regulations of the institution.
Mr Peters declared the termination of Mrs Ogunshe’s appointment by the institution as unlawful, null, void, and of no effect for non-compliance with the applicable rules.
The judge further set aside the letters of termination of appointment issued on June 14, 2016, and August 15, 2016, by the University of Ibadan to Mrs Ogunshe.
He ordered the immediate reinstatement of Mrs Ogunshe to her position as senior lecturer in the Department of Microbiology of the institution without loss of benefits, prerequisites of office, promotion, and remunerations.
The judge further ordered the institution to pay Mrs Ogunshe a sum of N13,607,028 being her salary arrears from August 15, 2016, to the date of the judgment.
“I order and direct the defendants to pay the claimant all her arrears of salaries from the date of termination of her appointment till the date of this judgment,” Mr Peters said.
Mr Peters also ordered the institution to pay a sum of N200,000 as the cost of the proceedings.
The lecturer, through her counsel, Femi Aborisade, took the institution and its Council to the court describing the termination as unlawful and prayed the court for reinstatement.
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