The National Industrial Court, Abuja, will on May 16 deliver judgment in a case instituted by a retiree, Mr Kolawole Gbeleyi, against the Federal Civil Service Commission, seeking payment of his pension and other entitlements.
Gbeleyi, who retired from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment on Oct.27, 2010, sued the Federal Civil Service Commission over his alleged unpaid pension and promotion entitlement.
The claimant wants the court to order the Civil Service Commission to pay him his pension benefits, as well as his promotion entitlement as a Grade Level 14 officer.
Earlier, the claimant’s counsel, Mr Philip Ekpo, had urged the court to declare that the payment of the claimant’s entitlement should include that of his promotion to level 14.
According to Ekpo, a Federal High Court judgment in 2001, had held that the claimant was entitled to “all his entitlements.”
He argued that all entitlements should include his client’s promotion entitlement as well.
“My lord, it is the contention of the applicant, that `all other entitlements’ in the judgment of the Federal High Court includes entitlement for his promotion to level 14,” he said.
Opposing the application, counsel to the respondent, Mr Isah Alidu, urged the court to dismiss the claimant’s suit, saying that the claimant did not ask for promotion entitlement in the High Court suit.
The judge, Justice Edith Agbakoba, fixed May 16 for judgment after hearing the submissions of parties in the suit.