The National Industrial Court (NIC), Owerri today Wednesday 5th July, 2017 nullified the slashing of the pension pay of pensioners of the Imo State Public Service which is contained in a Form issued by the Imo State Government to the pensioners to sign accepting the cut.
In an erudite and landmark judgment, Hon. Justice Anuwe held that the Imo State Government acted illegally and unconstitutionally. The court also made an order of perpetual injunction against the Imo State Government and its officers and agents.
In a pro bono case brought before the Honourable Court by the Owerri Branch of NBA and handled by Bar Uche Wisdom Durueke.
According to a short text message made available to Ifeanyicy.com by the Chairman of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Owerri Branch, Bar Lawrence Nwakaeti, it reads :
“To the glory of God Almighty who rules over the affairs of men and who gave the NBA Owerri branch under our Leadership the will to come to the assistance of the Pensioners in Imo State, I want us to thank the Almighty God for the wonderful judgment just delivered this morning in favour of the Pensioners in Imo State and indeed all over the country. The National Industrial Court set aside the document by the Imo State Government purporting to slash the accrued pension arrears and gratuity of Pensioners in Imo State by 60% and making the signing of the under taking a condition precedent for payment of their pension and gratuity.
The learned judge, O. N. Anuwe of the National Industrial Court Owerri Division went ahead to perpetually restrain the Imo State Government and its agents from carrying out in any manner the contents of the controversial document.”