By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURTâ€” TRADE Union Congress, TUC, has called for the establishment of a division of the National Industrial Court, NIC, in Port Harcourt.Â Making the appeal in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Chairman of the labor union, Mr. Chika Unuegbu, said the Ministry of Labour should liaise with the President of the National Industrial Court, Hon Justice Babatunde Adeniran Adejumo,Â to come with a division of the court in the state.
The Chairman said the state at the moment was the only major industrial state in the country without a division of the court, a situation he said was slowing down resolution of industrial and labor related differences in some firms in the state.
â€œIt is very worrisome that Port Harcourt is the only major industrial city in Nigeria without a judicial division of the National Industrial Court.
â€œThe National Industrial Court was established in 1976 by Section 19 (1) of the Trade Disputes Decree No.7 of 1976 as a specialized court to deal with labour/industrial relations or related matters especially in view of the fact that the conventional courts and the system of law they administer which is essentially based on common law principles, are ill-suited for the challenges of modern economics and so can no longer adequately and speedilyÂ Â deal with labour related issues.
â€œThe absence of the NIC in one of the very major industrial cities in Nigeria, and in deed, the oil capital of Nigeria, poses a great danger to the maintenance of industrial peace and Harmony.â€