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Court exempts Imo Govt from paying Midwives

The Industrial Court of Nigeria has declared that the Imo State Government is not contractually liable to pay any worker under the Midwives’ Service Scheme.

Delivering the judgement, the Owerri Presiding Judge of the National Industrial Court, Justice Ibrahim Galadima also dismissed the suit filed by One Mrs. Celestina Egbukichi against the government of Imo State over entitlement claims under the Midwives’ Service Scheme for lacking merit.

The Court held that the 2009 Midwives’ Service Scheme was a policy statement lacking any binding legal framework on the States and Local Government Areas subscribed to it and that no agreement signed by the Federal Government, States Government, and the Local Governments for the deployment of the claimant, Mrs. Egbukichi.

The claimant, Mrs. Celestina Egbukichi had told the court that she was engaged to work for the State Government and posted to Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area, where the scheme was to last for 2 years.

In defence, the State Government counsel, Mr Okwuego submitted that all the documents tendered by Mrs Celestina were inadmissible and that the memorandum of understanding tendered was purportedly visibly not dated.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Ibrahim Galadima held that the court cannot rely on the uncertified and photocopied document at arriving a decision and also held that the said exhibit is inadmissible, probably unreliable, and unsafe for reference.

Seyi Ajibade

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