The National Industrial Court in Lagos has adjourned to October 9, 2013 for hearing of suit against Petroleum And Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), by Mr Douglas Atagamhen, over payment of his entitlement after he was sacked.
Atagamhen, who gained employment with PENGASSAN in February 2001and worked as senior organisation secretary in kaduna zone, is praying the court to order the association to pay N8.3m as net sum for his entitlement.
“Having worked for the defendant association from February, 2001, I am entitled to be fully remunerated for the period in accordance with extant conditions of service for staff of the defendant (PENGASSAN),” he asserted.
At the last adjourned date, counsel to PENGASSAN, Mr Dele Ogunji, had asked the court for time to settle with the claimant.
However, when the matter came up last Thursday, the claimant informed the court that PENGASSAN stopped showing up for settlement.
Objecting to the claimant’s claim, Ogunji argued that there was no settlement again after having paid the claimant his entitlement.
”The claimant has collected above N2.6million. Our position is that he has gotten all his entitlement, there is no other settlement. We are here in this society for the protection of rights,” Ogunji said.
It was gathered that the claimant started having problem with PENGASSAN after he allegedly applied for a two-year study leave and travelled to do a post-graduate course (Master in Business Admission) in Strayer University, Virginia, USA.
Atagamhen averred that PENGASSAN General Secretary gave him conditional approval for his study leave, after reiterating that he (claimant) could not be granted leave with pay but assured him that he would be assisted by the payment of his furniture and housing allowances during the period of his leave.