The National Industrial Court, Lagos Division has ordered the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to pay a backlog of harmonised pensions owed some retired staff of the corporation since 1997.
In a judgment by Justice Elizabeth Oji, the Court Ordered the two Defendants, NNPC and NNPC Pension Fund Limited to pay the harmonize pension to the Claimants from January 1,1997 to date in accordance with the Provision of Section 173 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
The claimants had through their counsel, Adeleke Agbola approached the court, seeking an order of mandamus to compel the defendants to pay them forthwith all accrued pensions calculated with effect from January 1, 1997 on emoluments currently earned by their serving counterparts as prescribed under the Federal Government Policy on Harmonization of Pensions.
The affected retirees were mostly pioneer staff of NNPC who retired before 2003.
Justice Oji ordered the Defendant to comply with the Order of the Court within 90 days while also awarding the cost of N200,000. 00 in favour of the Claimants.