OGFZAA: Adoption of written addresses in suit gets February 16 date

The National Industrial Court, Abuja has fixed February 16, 2023 for adoption of final written addresses in suit filed by Mr Funmilayo Omosule against the Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority Administration (OGFZAA).

Omosule is in court over his alleged unlawful suspension.

In a short ruling, Justice Olufunke Anuwe, directed parties to regularise their processes before the next adjourned date.

Omosule and OGFZAA had been locked in a fierce legal battle to resolve the legality or otherwise of his suspension, following his petition against some management staff of the agency on alleged corruption.

Upon resumed hearing, Omosule’s counsel, Dr Tunji Abayomi, informed that the defendant had just served him with their written address shortly before the commencement of proceeding.

Abayomi said new issues were raised in the process which would need a response, even though he had already filed their written address following the failure of the defendant to do so on time.

OGFZAA’s lawyer, Mr Michael Ajara, who apologised for late filing of their application, said a motion for an extension of time had been filed.

He said the motion sought an order to deem their application as being properly filed.

After granting the motion, Justice Anuwe has adjourned the matter until Feb. 16 for adoption of final written addresses.

The adjournment would also allow Abayomi respond to the defendant’s final written address by filing a fresh one, directed parties to regularise their processes before the next date.

OGFZAA had, via a letter dated April 18, 2011, suspended Omosule as the manager of its Abuja office on the grounds that he had refused to comply with its letter dated December 3, 2010, which had directed him to present the originals of his credentials for verification.

Refuting the claim of the authority, Omosule stated that he made available to the defendant CTCs of his educational certificates/credentials, including GCE ‘O Level certificates and degree certificates as instructed.

Omosule had claimed that the originals of his credentials were misplaced in untraceable circumstances as at 2010 when the report to submit originals was made.

The claimant also averred that the CTCs of his certificates submitted to the defendant were certified by the issuing institutions, which included the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the University of Ado-Ekiti, then Ondo State University, Ado Ekiti, respectively.

The claimant is seeking the court‘s declaration that he was still a staff of the organisation and entitled to all the rights, privileges and benefits due to him by reason of his employment.

He is praying the court for an order directing the defendant to reinstate him to the position of a director, on grade level 17, a position he claimed his contemporaries were holding currently.

Omosule is equally seeking the order of the court to direct the defendant to pay all his outstanding salaries, benefits and entitlement since 2011 and to also order the defendant to pay him the sum of N50 million as exemplary and general damages.