Librarian drags Jega to court over ‘illegal’ sack

Follojegawing the termina­tion of his appoint­ment as Librarian of Plateau State University, Dr. James Mato Gwang has dragged the university management and its Pro-Chancellor, Prof. Atta­hiru Jega, to the Industrial Court in Jos.
In Suit No. NICN/Jos/39/2015, Dr. Gwang also lumped in the en­tire University Governing Council and the Vice-Chancellor as respondents.
In the complaint filed at the Industrial Court, Jos, by his Counsel, Bitrus Fwangshak, the plaintiff is seeking the court to di­rect the respondents to calculate and pay him all accumulated salaries and other remunerations from the month of May, 2015 to date.
In an alternative prayer, the plaintiff is seeking an order of court directing the respondents to com­pute and pay him all the salaries, allowances and other perquisite of office he would have enjoyed from September 2015 to 28th February, 2018, when he would have fully served his tenured appointment.
Gwang wants the court to declare that having been appointed as the univer­sity’s librarian for a fixed term of 5 years with effect from March 1, 2013, and having been functioning in that office, he has acquired a vested interest, which cannot in anyway be taken away except in accordance with the provision of the Plateau State University Law, No. 4, 2006.
He also wants the court to declare that the pro­ceedings and all resolu­tions reached at the 31st regular meeting of the Governing Council at the Council Chambers on September 10, 2015, is null and void ab initio, as it affects him because, the Council was not properly constituted.
Furthermore, the plain­tiff wants the court to de­clare that the respondents cannot contract out of statute (the Plateau State University Law) by alter­ing the membership of the Governing Council and include into it, the repre­sentative of the National University Commission to participate in the proceed­ings of the council taking adverse decision against him.
He also wants the court to declare that the pres­ence of the representative of the National Universities Commission (NUC) in the person of Mr. Christopher Maiyaki, at the Governing Council meeting held on September 10, 2015, ren­ders all resolutions arrived at, there, as null and void, as it concerns him, since the University Law, 2006, does not in any way con­template a representative of the NUC, as a member of the Governing Council.
According to the plain­tiff, he was not given fair hearing as the Vice Chan­cellor who he claimed was allegedly indicted by the report, seated actively in the meeting and presented allegations against him.
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