by Victor Ahiuma-Young
IT was a gathering of comrades, judges, lawyers, students, friends, acquaintances among other stakeholders at a day of tributes in honour of the late Chief Gani Adetola-Kaseem, SAN, known for among others, his Labour Jurisprudence.
The theme of the gathering held in Lagos was: The Development of the Nigerian Labour Jurisprudence: The Role of Chief Gani Adetola-Kaseem, SAN (1948-2018).
Organised by Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, the event was chaired by President of National Industrial Court, NICN, Justice Babatunde A Adejumo.
In his tribute, President of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, among others, recalled how the late jurist defended and stood by his mother union, the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, MHWUN, in all its legal matters.
According to him: “Before I left MHWUN to assume the Presidency of NLC, the relationship between MHWUN and our most distinguished SAN had left realm of solicitor-client relationship to that of father-son relationship. Luckily, SAN was equally retained as counsel of NLC and the very convivial relationship that existed with my mother union was the same relationship that was manifest in NLC.
Concerning his contributions to the development of the legal profession, I am aware that he contributed significantly to the realisation of the Third Alteration Act of the 1999 Constitution that conferred exclusive jurisdiction on Labour and Employment matters on the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, NICN. With NICN’s new status, we now enjoy quicker dispensation of justice in Labour matter thereby enhancing social justice and economic development.”