- An Industrial court has ordered Ekiti state governor to pay N234 million to some disengaged officials of the state
The court in its ruling said the disengagement of these officials was an act of executive recklessness
- The court also warned that it has become worrisome that governors tend to dissolve government boards once they take over office
An Industrial court has ordered the governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, to pay the sum of N234 million to chairmen and members of the statutory commissions appointed by his predecessor, Kayode Fayemi.
The National Industrial Court of Nigeria on Monday, November 6, said the disengagement of the chairmen and the members is "an act of executive recklessness, rascality and a grave disregard to the Governor’s Oath of Office, which Fayose swore to uphold, defend and protect the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The judge over the matter, Justice Oyewumi, said: "The action of the first defendant in this case leaves a sour taste in the mouth. A grotesque galore, which, cannot, and should not be allowed to stand in the way of justice."
He said it is worrisome that governors tend to dissolve government boards once they take over office.
The judge said the action by the governor is a disregard for the constitutional procedure.
He said: "This, to say the least, is most unpatriotic and should not go unsanctioned.“It is, therefore, declared that mere announcement of the dissolution of the offices of the claimants in the media is a breach of Constitutional trust, it is therefore declared null, void and of no effect. I so find and hold."
The judge however refused to grant the applicants the claimants’ prayers for perpetual injunction restraining Fayose or his agents from forcefully withdrawing the monetised vehicles from them.
Some members of the State Independent National Electoral Commission, Civil Service Commission, House of Assembly Service Commission and Local Government Service Commission had dragged the governor to court over termination of their appointments.
The officials through their layer, Femi Falana, aksed the court to declare their sack unlawful and reinstate them to the positions.
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that Fayose had signed documents directing Ekiti state's accountant-general to refund monies deducted from the salaries of teachers in the state.
The teachers were said to have bought some facilities from the government during the previous administration.
The facilities bought include: cars, laptops among many others from government on loan with an arrangement for monthly installment deductions from their salaries.
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