A lecturer from the Faculty of Management Science of the Federal University,Otuoke in Ogbia Local Government Council Area of Bayelsa State, Dr. Etumudon Ndidi Asien, has dragged the institution’s Vice Chancellor, Seth Accra Jaja and two others to the National Industrial Court (NIC) over alleged victimisation and promotion fraud in the institution.
He alleged that he was removed as Head of the Banking and Finance department of the Institution and denied mandatory promotions in line with the results of the institution review exercise.
Dr. Etumudon Ndidi Asien, in the suit numbered NICN\YEN\32\2019, accused the Vice Chancellor of alleged wrongful recruitment and promotion of two lecturers without due process and deliberately punishing him for his refusal to belong to the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) of the Institution.
According to the claimant, ‘ by the virtue of the irregular appointments of the two lecturers, with alleged questionable characters,his professional growth has been negatively affected as they occupy positions that would have been occupied by him and that despite all actions and complaints,the defendants are still carrying out their acts of discrimination and illegality and if no remedial action is taken,they will continue to impede his growth in the service.’
He, however, asked the court to issue an order that ‘he has a constitutionally guaranteed right to elect not to be member of the ASUU and cannot suffer discrimination by the Institution and the Vice Chancellor. A declaration to the effect that the removal of the claimant as the head of department of Banking and Finance of the Faculty of the Management Sciences of the institution on the ground that the claimant is not a member of the ASUU is a breach of claimant fundermental human rights and is thus illegal, null and void.’
The presiding judge of the National Industrial Court, Justice Bashar. A. Alkali , after listening to the two counsels of both claimant and defendant,adjourned hearing till October 9th for parties to settle out of court,’ failure to do that, he will ensure commencement of hearing on the substantive suit’