235 Disengaged Workers: Court begins substantive hearing May 10

Substantive hearing in the case involving 235 disengaged workers versus Chevron Nigeria Limited and its


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235 Disengaged Workers: Court begins substantive hearing May 10
some of the 235 workers & Jarikre Dave

Substantive hearing in the case involving 235 disengaged workers versus Chevron Nigeria Limited and its contracting firms: JOCECO Nigeria Limited, Pat Onosen Nigeria Enterprises, Sanco Calaya JV Nigeria Limited and Hensteel Engr. & Construction Services Limited will begin May 10, 2018, Fresh Angle International can authoritatively report.

This is sequel to a ruling handed down Wednesday March 8 by the Presiding Judge of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria in Awka, Justice J.I Targema, wherein he adjourned to May 10 after considering motions on whether or not the court has jurisdiction to hear the case.

According to Justice J.I Targema, the court was of the view that written addresses filed by the defendants “did not address the issue of the nature of employment of the claimant, whether it is that of contract of service or contract for service”.

The court therefore concluded that the nature of the employment of the claimant will only be resolved after hearing evidence from the parties.

Meanwhile, there is a pending motion of the 2nd defendant (Pat Onosen, who was absent) asking for extension of time to file his statement of defence.

It would be recalled that the case was on Monday January 22 adjourned to March 8, 2018 for ruling on whether or not the court has jurisdiction in the Suit No: NCIN/AWKA/39/2015 instituted by the 235 workers who were laid off without sack letters, redundancy letters, non-indebtedness letters and payment of three years’ salary arrears.


Josephine Ojevwe Ughweri
Confidential Secretary/Librarian cum OIl and Gas Correspondent of Fresh Angle International Newspaper. I am a graduate of Library and Information Science, while I have undergone training in Advance Writing and Reportorial Skills.
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