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Sacked DBI Workers Bemoan Non-Implementation Of Court Judgement

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The disengaged workers of the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), a subsidiary of the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) have decried the delay in implementing the judgement of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN).

Their spokesman, Mr. Ahamefuna Agbo, told newsmen yesterday in Abuja that they took DBI to court for a breach of an agreement that its workers would be entitled to all rights, privileges, emoluments, salaries and all prerequisites of office pertaining to the staff condition of service of the NCC.

Agbo said that following the court case and their refusal to sign a new condition of service with the management of DBI, the appointments of 15 staff of the institute who refused to sign were terminated.

The suit was filed on November 25, 2014, at the NICN while Justice Zaynab Bashir in July 2018 granted the reliefs sought by the workers.

Justice Bashir said that DBI could not dishonour the agreement it had with the workers, adding that all rights, privileges, emoluments, salaries pertaining to the staff condition of NCC must be obeyed.

He further granted a perpetual injunction barring DBI from terminating the employment of the workers even if DBI had the reason to do so.

He said that the NCC had sought to intervene through the governing board which invited representatives of the workers on October 11, 2018, to a fact-finding meeting, which was deadlocked.

According to him, the ad-hoc committee on staff dispute resolution of DBI governing board invited all workers to a meeting on Nov 28, 2018.

“At this meeting, it was obvious that the interpretation of the court judgement by the DBI was at variance with the one delivered by the court,” he said.

Agbo said that based on the judgment of Justice Bashir, the workers rejected the position of the governing board on the interpretation of the judgment.

“In outright disregard to the judgment of the court and disrespect to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN), DBI again wrote a letter to the workers.

“The letter sought to compel them within 14 days to sign a new commitment letter and condition of service; else their employment will be terminated,” he said.

Agbo said that the workers were advised that the new letter and condition of service were designed to prejudice the court judgment and the fundamental human rights of the workers.

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