The Port Harcourt division of Nigeria’s National Industrial Court has ordered Intels Nigeria Ltd to keep paying Chief Patrick Udoh, one of its retired staff, N1,233,180 ($3,000), as his monthly retirement fund for the rest of his life.
Newsonspot blog reports that this was disclosed in a statement published on the court’s official website on Friday.
Chief Udoh, through his lawyer, had sought the court’s discretion in his favor.
He argued, by his exhibit, that there was a contractual undertaking between him and the company.
The court’s statement read that “From facts, the claimant – Chief Patrick Udoh had pleaded that he served the firm for about 20 years and was compulsorily retired from the services with a condition that his former boss would ensure that the firm would be paying him the sum of $3,000 (Three Thousand (US Dollars) monthly as long as the firm continues to be in operation in Nigeria.”
Opposing his argument, the firm contended that the retired staff’s former boss wrote the undertaking in his
personal capacity with a view to assisting him after retirement.
The firm further claimed that the undertaken was therefore not binding on the organization.
Giving his verdict, Presiding Judge, Justice Faustina Kola-Olalere, agreed that the undertaking and financial benefits agreed upon was Chief Udoh’s right.
Subsequently, the judge “ordered Intels Nigeria Ltd to pay compulsorily retired staff, Chief Patrick Udoh, the sum of $325,183.5 as retirement benefit from 2012 till September 2021 within 30 days.”
Kola-Olalere also ” directed the firm to continue to pay Chief Udoh the sum of $3000 monthly with effect from October 2021 as long as he’s alive and as long as the firm continues to operate in Nigeria.”