By Onozure Dania
A legal practitioner, Mr D. Onietan has threatened to sue Access Bank Plc for not paying his client, Mr Okechukwu Nwaogbo, his gratuity.
Onietan, said Nwaogbo, who was forcefully relieved of his appointment in January 27, 2012, has not been paid his gratuity, eight months after.
In a letter, dated June 29, to Access Bank’s Managing Director, Mr Aigboje Aig-Imokuede, urging the bank to pay up before July 7, 2012, the bank he said, is yet to reply his letter or pay the gratuity.
Onietan said, “I was informed by my client that the bank made payment of some of his terminal/disengagement benefits but leaving his gratuity unpaid.
“Your refusal and failure has made my client to embark on about four journeys to yourLagosoffice all to no avail. His letter of 22nd instant to your Divisional Head, HR & Risk Management attests to this.
“We are surprised that five months after you laid off our client, you still do not consider it well to reduce the hardship that the sudden loss of his job has foisted upon his family and other dependants by promptly paying his gratuity. “You made him to waste what he should have used to maintain his family on needless and very risky journeys toLagos. The delay to us is unacceptable as it is inexplicable.
“We do not want to have to write a reminder on what we regard as peanut to your bank and expect that you will use your good offices to ensure payment of this claim not later than the 7th of July, 2012, in default of which we shall embark on litigation in the appropriate court to recover this money from you.
Onietan, further added that the payment, being expected by his client is with interest at the commercial bank rate from the date that same has fallen due up to the time you eventually make payment.
He said he hopes that access bank will toe the part of honour by crediting his client’s account with the appropriate amount within the period herein stated to avoid the unpleasantness of litigation in court.