Industrial Court Awards N9m against Costain (West Africa) PLC

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The National Industrial Court sitting in Owerri, Imo State has ordered  Costain (West Africa) PLC to pay its ex-employee the sum of N9.7million Naira as his final entitlement after disengagement from service. The sum which was awarded on admission is to be paid within 30 days after the judgment.

Delivering the judgment Justice I. S. Galadima held:  Having gone through the entire processes filed in this motion and upon considering the authorities cited by the Claimant’s Counsel, and given consideration to the Defendant’s/Respondent’s plea for mitigation, I believe that by virtue of Order 34 rule 4 of this Court’s rules, judgment may be entered upon the claims already admitted by this Defendant.

For the avoidance of doubt, I enter judgment for the Claimant and award the sum of N9,760,112.50 (Nine Million, Seven Hundred and Sixty Thousand, One Hundred and Twelve Naira, Fifty Kobo only) payable within 30 days from today. And the sum of N 50,000.00 only being the cost of this action payable within 30 days of this judgment.

 The Claimant through his Counsel J.K. Khanabo, ESQ. had on the 14th day of December, 2017, filed a motion on notice pursuant to Order 34 Rule 4 of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (Civil Procedure) Rules, sought  for An Order entering final judgment for the sum of N9,710,112.50 (Nine Million, Seven Hundred and Ten Thousand, One Hundred and Twelve Naira, Fifty Kobo) being the sum admitted by the Defendant to be due to the Plaintiff (Claimant) from the Defendant as final entitlement after disengagement from service. And An order directing the Defendant to pay to the Plaintiff (Claimant) interest on the said N9,710,112.50 (Nine Million, Seven Hundred and Ten Thousand, One Hundred and Twelve Naira, Fifty Kobo) at the rate of 17% per annum until from 16th April 2016 until the date of judgment and thereafter, at 17% per annum until the full amount is paid.

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 Defendant’s counsel did not oppose the motion for judgment but made an oral application for variation of interest on the sum being claimed

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