After series of adjournments due to annual vacation, transfer of judges and ill-health, Justice David Isele has finally fixed November 16, 2017 to deliver 10 judgements on Labour related matters at the National Industrial Court, Abuja.
The November 16 date according to the clerk of the court was arrived at due to inability of the judge to deliver judgement on Friday November 10, 2017 owing to undisclosed ailments.
Some of the cases have suffered adjournment as far back as April 2017 when final addresses were adopted by lawyers in the matters.
As early as 8.00am on Friday, lawyers and litigants whose cases were fixed for judgement had stormed the court for the verdict but however began to leave the court at around 9.45am when the announcement was made that the court would not sit again.
Prominent among the cases slated for judgement are Yushau Shuaib Against Federal Government on Civil Service Matters, Maureen Imuekehle Against Fortune Micro Finance Bank, John Ochigbo Against Union Bank of Nigeria, Rabiu Mahmud against Total Facilities Management Limited and Sunday Agara Against Total Facilities Management Ltd.
Others are Prince Nworgu against Total Facilities Management Ltd, David Azuokwu against Unity Capital Assurance Plc while Akudo Adebayo against Colvi Limited and Bose Edward Olu against Rev. Sis. Elizabeth Shaibu are for ruling.
Although the lawyers and litigants did not make open comment on the inability of the court to sit and deliver the judgement, it was evident that they were not happy with the turn-of-the event especially those whose matters had been adjourned for up to five times.
The litigants particularly were seen murmuring that their lawyers ought to have been contacted by the court management that the court would not seat.
NAF Commissions Reference Hospital in Port-Harcourt
The Chairman Senate Committee on Air Force, Senator Duro Faseyi has commissioned the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Reference Hospital in Port Harcourt. The 60-bed Reference Hospital is equipped with sophisticated modern facilities including CT Scan, Renal Dialysis Machine, a fully equipped medical laboratory as well as dental and eye centres.
The new hospital was constructed to provide medical care for military personnel and their dependants as well as members of the host communities within the country’s South South Region. According to Senator Faseyi, the project was among several others carried out under the leadership of the incumbent Chief of the Air Staff (CAS).
He noted, with delight, that other hospital projects, ultra-modern housing units, in addition to recreational and sporting facilities, have been commissioned in virtually every command and unit in the NAF.
In his remarks, the CAS, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, revealed that the need to reposition the NAF for better service delivery had led to the establishment of new commands and units with a resultant increase in the number of personnel and their dependants.
The consequent rise in the medical care needs of personnel and their families resulted in the upgrading and expansion of 31 medical facilities including the medical centres at Kainji, Enugu, Ipetu-Ijesha, Benin, Kano, Abuja, Makurdi and Warri. He added that appropriate additional medical staff, including 36 nurses, had been shortlisted as support staff for the newly commissioned hospital and other upgraded medical facilities to enhance service delivery. Furthermore, Air Marshal Abubakar said that the new hospital would serve as a clinical research and resource bank for interns and other health professionals.
The CAS equally expressed his appreciation to the Senate and House Committees on the Air Force for making a case, on behalf of the NAF, for resources appropriated to execute the project.
In his welcome remarks, the Air Officer Commanding, Tactical Air Command, Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Idris stated that the involvement of NAF 115 Special Operations Group Port Harcourt in several operations in the South South required a commensurate medical facility to address the healthcare needs of personnel, their families and members of the host communities. It would be recalled that another Reference Hospital had been commissioned in Bauchi, as part of the NAF’s efforts to boost the welfare of her personnel while also attending to the needs of Internally Displaced Persons in the North East.