About 610 staff drawn from 34 local government areas of Katsina state have sued the state government to the National Industrial Court sitting in Kano over nonpayment of salaries for 19 months. Daily trust reports
Joined as co-defendants in the case are the Katsina state’s Attorney General and commissioner for justice, commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, state’s chairman of local government service commission as well as the chairman, state’s civil service commission.
The claimants maintained that their salaries have been withheld by the government since April last year for unjustifiable cause and thus urged the court to compel the defendants to pay the sum of five-hundred million naira (N500m) as general and aggravated damages besides their salaries and other entitlements.
At the commencement of the proceedings on Wednesday before Justice E.D.E Isele, counsel to the defendants led by Barrister Abu Umar filed a notice of preliminary objection praying the court to strike out the case due to some oversights in the filing of the suit.
He argued that the ministry for local government and chieftaincy affairs, the local government service commission, as well as the state’s civil service commission in the suit are not juristic persons who can either sue or be sued.
‘’We filed the notice of preliminary objection to challenge the competence of the suit because there are some defects in the process. We are challenging the status of the ministry to the suit. Local government service commission to the suit and civil service commission to the suit; these are not juristic persons who can sue or be sued, the proper persons to be sued are the respective local government areas’’ he argued.
He appealed to the court to strike out the case for failure to comply with rules, Barrister Kamaluddin Umar who led the counsel for the claimants however objected the motion and the case was adjourned by Justice Isele till November 2nd, 2017.