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Don drags Ritman University to court



A UNIVERSITY Don, Ufot Phenson has dragged Ritman University and the Vice Chancellor to court over N6.6 million indebtedness arising from “contract of service” rendered to the school.

Dr. Phenson, who is the claimant in suit No NICN/UY/09/2019 has dragged the university and the  vice chancellor  (defendants) before National Industrial Court of Nigeria.

The claimant has in endorsement claim before the court made the following claim before the defendant jointly and severally an order for the payment of the claimant specially damages in the sum of N6.6 million being defendant’s indebtedness to the claimants arising from contract of service entered into between the claimant and the defendants 10 percent interest per annum on N6,646,349.78 from the date of judgment till same is wholly liquidated, N1 million being legal fees paid by the claimant to the solicitor for the prosecution general damages N5 million; and N500,000 being cost of action.

The claimant in a further statement of facts is a holder of a Doctorate Degree in Political Science and Public Administration while the 1st defendant (Ritman University) is approved and licensed by the (National University Commission) to operate as a conventional private university in Nigeria.

It was gathered that the claimant shortly after being offered an appointment did creditably well in the performance of his duties to the administration of the 1st defendant.

Aside the monthly salary, the claimant as on waiting confirmation, as permanent staff was also entitled to welfare package like annual leave, leave grant, kilometer allowance for staff that uses personal car to perform official duties and earnings on teaching IJMB students among others which has not been paid for the past three years.

However, when the case was recently mentioned in Uyo, the defendants were not in court, neither was there any legal representation   or latter sent before the court while counsel to the claimant, Dasil Akpan Esq, represented by Dominic Nkim Esq made an appearance.

The case was adjourned to June 24 , 2019 for further mention.

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