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*By Awojoodu Oyeniyi, Ibadan.

Disengaged BOWEN staff approached court for justice.

9Janewshub.com.ng reports that some staff of BOWEN University, Iwo, Osun State, who were disengaged from active service at the institution, on Tuesday expressed their sadnesses over what they described as illegal sack by the management of the institution.

Registering their grievances before the National Industrial Court of Nigeria Ibadan Division, the sacked staff maintained that their disengagement is illegal.

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They also noted that they are entitled to some monetary benefits, having served the institution for years as stated in their letters of appointments.

Recall that 147 teaching and none teaching staff of BOWEN University were sacked between December 2019 and June 2020.

Speaking with journalists in Ibadan after the hearing of the case, one of the affected staff who pleaded anonymity said the institution claimed that collegiate system and the organisation attached to it warranted their disengagement.

“NUC is yet to approved the said collegiate system the institution was claiming.” He said.

They also lamented that some of the affected staff were already at the peak of their careers, while others were approaching their retirement age.

“We felt cheated and we want justice because the process of our disengagement was illegal, our letters of appointments affirmed that we will work till our retirement.”

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In his remark, Counsel to the claimant, Ibrahim Ojo said his clients were seeking redress in court so that  their former employee (BOWEN) can granted them their entitlements and benefits.

“The matter was slated for hearing today, but due to failure of Counsel to BOWEN to filed and served their processes, the case was stalled and this necessitated adjournment of the case to May 31, 2022.

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“The court also awarded N55,000 against BOWEN for their failure to do what they ought to have done”.

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