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  The National Labor Court will hear this Monday of the alleged contempt lawsuit filed by the Doctors under the auspices of the Association of Medical Specialists in Academics ASMEDA ASMEDA filed the lawsuit against the Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed for alleged breach of court order He also joined the motion on contempt of court commitment notice marked NICN ABJ 145 2021 before Judge Osatohanmwen Obaseki Osaghae of the National Industrial Tribunal Abuja including the Chairman of the National Wages Income and Salaries NSIWC Ekpo Nta and the Accountant General of the Federation AGF Ahmed Idris On July 23 2021 the court in an ex parte motion proposed by the plaintiffs attorney Martin Agba ordered the defendants to pay the doctors based on the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure CONMESS and Associated Allowances The salary was approved by the Federal Government on September 29 2009 which was the status quo pending determination of the claim But the plaintiffs asserted that from August 2021 to date the defendants have not yet fully complied with said order The claimants Christopher Sakpa Momoh Mcsionel Ahmed Rabiu and Darlington Akukwu for themselves and on behalf of affected ASMEDA members filed the motion against the defendants The NSIWC AGF and the finance minister are defendants 1 to 3 respectively in the motion with notice dated January 18 and filed by Agba on January 26 The plaintiffs had requested an order of authorization from the court to proceed with commitment proceedings for disobedience to their order made on July 23 2021 against the CEO of the first defendant the CEO of the second defendant and the person of the third accused An order of the honorable court for the imprisonment of the named principal officers of the defendants for their joint and several disobedience of the interim restraining orders and mandatory injunctions of this court issued on July 23 2021 and delivered to all the defendants on or about July 28 2021 The plaintiffs asked the court to proceed with the internment proceedings on the grounds that the court awarded all of its resources and ordered the defendants to restore them to the status quo as of April 2021 on CONMESS and associated allocations pending resolution hearing and determination of the motion on notice They said the court s registration order was duly served on the defendants on or about July 28 2021 followed by an official letter dated August 9 2021 from their attorney urging senior officers of the defendants to comply but did not comply to do it According to them the 1st accused has unilaterally threatened to order the total stoppage of the payment of the plaintiffs monthly salary based on the CONMESS salary structure as of December 2021 The jointly accused have shown flagrant impunity for their willful disobedience to the order or directive of this honorable court issued on July 23 2021 they asserted The court had held the defendants to review downwards the salaries and allowances of ASMEDA affiliates Judge Obaseki Osaghae prevented all defendants from acting on the content of the April 22 2021 letter issued by the Salary Commission to the AGF General Accountant of the Federation Court it held that the precautionary measure order would subsist pending the hearing and resolution of the lawsuit Mr Obaseki Osaghae then adjourned the matter until October 14 2021 for hearing on the motion on notice but on the adjourned date the parties joined in the issues Subsequently he set December 15 2021 to hear all pending applications but on that date the court did not sit The case was then set for January 31 tomorrow for the hearing of the pending applications The Federal Government had approved on September 29 2009 through a circular with reference number SWC S 04 S 410 220 the new salary structure for medical and dental officials of the federal public service known as CONMESS However in a letter with reference number SWC S 04 S 410 T 86 dated April 22 2021 addressed to the AGF and signed by the interim director of Compensation Adighiogu Chiadi on behalf of the President of NSIWC ordered that doctors from academic and research institutions be reincorporated into the Consolidated University Academic Salary Structure CONUASS The plaintiffs claimed that since the last directive came into force their take home pay had been drastically reduced by 60 per cent YAYA
Court to hear contempt suit against Finance minister, others on Monday

1 The National Labor Court will hear this Monday of the alleged contempt lawsuit filed by the Doctors, under the auspices of the Association of Medical Specialists in Academics, ASMEDA.

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2 ASMEDA filed the lawsuit against the Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed for alleged breach of court order.

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3 He also joined the motion on contempt of court commitment notice marked: NICN/ABJ/145/2021 before Judge Osatohanmwen Obaseki-Osaghae of the National Industrial Tribunal, Abuja, including the Chairman of the National Wages, Income and Salaries, NSIWC, Ekpo Nta; and the Accountant General of the Federation, AGF, Ahmed Idris.

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4 On July 23, 2021, the court, in an ex parte motion proposed by the plaintiffs’ attorney, Martin Agba, ordered the defendants to pay the doctors based on the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure, CONMESS, and Associated Allowances.

5 The salary was approved by the Federal Government on September 29, 2009, which was the status quo, pending determination of the claim.

6 But the plaintiffs asserted that from August 2021 to date, the defendants have not yet fully complied with said order.

7 The claimants; Christopher Sakpa, Momoh Mcsionel, Ahmed Rabiu and Darlington Akukwu, for themselves and on behalf of affected ASMEDA members, filed the motion against the defendants.

8 The NSIWC, AGF and the finance minister are defendants 1 to 3, respectively, in the motion with notice dated January 18 and filed by Agba on January 26.

9 The plaintiffs had requested an order of authorization from the court to proceed with commitment proceedings for disobedience to their order “made on July 23, 2021 against the CEO of the first defendant, the CEO of the second defendant and the person of the third” . accused.

10 “An order of the honorable court for the imprisonment of the named principal officers of the defendants for their joint and several disobedience of the interim restraining orders and mandatory injunctions of this court issued on July 23, 2021, and delivered to all the defendants on or about July 28, 2021.”

11 The plaintiffs asked the court to proceed with the internment proceedings on the grounds that the court awarded all of its resources and ordered the defendants to restore them to the status quo as of April 2021 on CONMESS and associated allocations pending resolution. hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

12 They said the court’s registration order was duly served on the defendants on or about July 28, 2021, followed by an official letter dated August 9, 2021 from their attorney, urging senior officers of the defendants to comply, but did not comply. to do it

13 According to them, the 1st accused has unilaterally threatened to order the total stoppage of the payment of the plaintiffs’ monthly salary based on the CONMESS salary structure as of December 2021.

14 “The jointly accused have shown flagrant impunity for their willful disobedience to the order or directive of this honorable court issued on July 23, 2021,” they asserted.

15 The court had held the defendants to review downwards the salaries and allowances of ASMEDA affiliates.

16 Judge Obaseki-Osaghae prevented all defendants from acting on the content of the April 22, 2021 letter issued by the Salary Commission to the AGF (General Accountant of the Federation).

17 Court it held that the precautionary measure order would subsist pending the hearing and resolution of the lawsuit.

18 Mr. Obaseki-Osaghae then adjourned the matter until October 14, 2021 for hearing on the motion on notice, but on the adjourned date the parties joined in the issues.

19 Subsequently, he set December 15, 2021 to hear all pending applications, but on that date, the court did not sit.

20 The case was then set for January 31 (tomorrow) for the hearing of the pending applications.

21 The Federal Government had approved, on September 29, 2009, through a circular with reference number: SWC/S/04/S.410/220, the new salary structure for medical and dental officials of the federal public service known as CONMESS.

22 However, in a letter with reference number: SWC/S/04/S.410/T/86 dated April 22, 2021 addressed to the AGF and signed by the interim director of Compensation, Adighiogu Chiadi, on behalf of the President of NSIWC, ordered that doctors from academic and research institutions be reincorporated into the Consolidated University Academic Salary Structure, CONUASS.

23 The plaintiffs claimed that since the last directive came into force, their take-home pay had been drastically reduced by 60 per cent.

24 YAYA

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