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Trade unions oppose judges' appointment

18 June 2013, 07:11

Abuja - Trade unions are opposing the appointment of judges to the National Industrial Court arguing the officials were not qualified for the positions.

According to the Trade Union Congress, the 12 judges President Goodluck Jonathan appointed last week were neither graduates from recognised universities nor possessed 10 years experience as required by the law and thus were unfit to adjudicate on labour matters in the country.

TUC President-General, Peter Esele, has written a petition to the National Judicial Council in Abuja raising the issue.

He criticised the President of the National Industrial Court, Justice Babatunde Adejumo, claiming he did not shortlist some qualified lawyers because they were not proponents of the ruling People's Democratic Party.

The National Judicial Council makes recommendations to the President before such appointments.

“We have confirmed that none of the newly appointed judges of the National Industrial Court met the requirement of the law and therefore are not qualified to preside over the industrial relations and labour matters, read the petition.

“We are therefore compelled, as a major stakeholder in the cases decided by the court to request for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the illegal appointment of the 12 new judges by the president," Adejumo said.

Esele said the trade unions were confident the chairman of the National Judicial Council and the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Maryam Aloma Mukhtar, would not allow judges who are not qualified to preside over cases in the National Industrial Court.

- CAJ News


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