A National Industrial Court of Nigeria in Abuja has nullified the unlawful exclusion of the names of two senior staff of the National Examinations Council in the November 2021 promotion exercise.
Justice Olufunke Anowe, in a judgment delivered recently, declared that the exercise, which excluded Charles Berje and Anthonia Utoh from the shortlist, was discriminatory and unlawful.
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The judge held that the claimants, who had been assistant directors in grade level 13 (CONTRISS) from January 1, 2017, were due and eligible for promotion to grade level 14 in the 2021 promotion exercise.
The judge also set aside the exercise for being a violation of the Public Service Rules and the NECO’s regulatory staff conditions of service 2015.
He observed that the promotion examination was conducted during the pendency of the suit.
He also set aside the query issued to the claimants on November 8, 2021 alleging the breach of Rule 090101(1) and 090201 of the Public Service Rules.