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Court Orders Covenant University To Pay Ex-staff N10.3m 

Court Orders Covenant University To Pay Ex-staff N10.3m

The National Industrial Court has ordered Covenant University to pay the sum of N10 million to an ex-staff of the institution Dr. Adekunle Oyeyemi.

In a report filed by THE GAURDIAN, the court ordered the University to pay the money as general damages, terminal benefit, and salary. Jamb Results

As reported by THE GAURDIAN, the fact indicates that the claimant, Dr. Adekunle Oyeyemi submitted that he was employed as a full-time Director of the University’s Counseling Centre from October 1, 2007, until November 15, 2016, adding that his appointment was terminated without any misconduct.

However, the University stated that the claimant consented to their arrangement when he was informed that he will be redeployed from being the Director of the Centre to the Department of Psychology as a Senior Lecturer.

THE GAURDIAN reveals that the university said that the institution decided to retain him as a senior lecturer as he was over 60 years at that time and was due for retirement.

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According to the judge, Justice Ayodele Obaseki-Osaghae, the termination of employment of the claimant was wrong and a breach of the contract.

THE GAURDIAN reports that N8.2 million being the equivalent of his 24 months salary as general damages and N1.7 million was ordered as terminal benefits adding that N344,635 being salary in lieu of notice is to be paid within 30 days.

According to THE GAURDIAN, Obaseki-Osaghae stated, “The words with ‘immediate effect’ have the effect of stigmatization.

“The termination of the claimant’s employment is wrongful and not in accordance with international best practices.”

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Idongesit Akpa-Ayang

Idongesit is a graduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo. Currently working as a news reporter at InfoGuide Nigeria.

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