The National Industrial Court (NIC), Abuja, has given the Oil And Gas Free Zone Authority (OGFZA) and its suspended Abuja Liaison Office Manager, Mr Funmilayo David Omosule, till October 10 to submit their out of court settlement terms on the alleged unlawful suspension of the manager.
OGFZA and Omosule, had been locked in fierce legal battle at the NIC, to resolve the legality or otherwise of Omosule’s suspension, following his petition against some management staff of the OGFZA on alleged corruption.
But in the bid to entrench peace, fair play and justice, both parties had, on May 26, agreed to resolve the dispute out of court and urged the court to adjourn the matter for them till July 10, when they would know if the out of court settlement will be submitted to the court.
However, at the resumption of the legal tussle, the two parties informed the court that the terms of settlement have not been fully agreed upon yet.
Omosule’s counsel, Mr Joseph Tobi, told Justice Amos Anuwe that there are grey areas yet to be addressed and agreed upon by the parties, adding that efforts are however ongoing for the full settlements terms to be agreed upon.
Justice Anuwe however counseled the two parties to face realities and put their houses in order in the interest of justice and fair play to put the seven-year old legal battle behind them.
He informed that the new mode of the judiciary favours out-of-court settlements of such disputes because it promotes industrial peace and harmony.
The judge subsequently gave the parties till October 10 to report back to the court, their terms of settlement for submission and adoption as final judgment of the court.
OGFZA had via a letter, dated April 18th, 2011, suspended Omosule as manager of the Abuja Liaison office, on grounds that he refused to comply with its letter dated December 3, 2010, which directed him to present before the OGFZA Board, the originals of his educational certificates/credentials for verification.
Omosule, however refuted OGFZA’s claim, stating rather that he made available and forwarded to the Authority, the Certified True Copies, (CTC) of his educational certificates/credentials to wit: GCE ‘O Level and degree certificates, claiming that, “the originals were misplaced in untraceable circumstances as at 2010 when the request to submit originals was made”.