Lagos appeals judgment reinstating RTEAN

The Lagos State Government has filed an appeal before the Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos to challenge the judgment of the National Industrial Court which nullified the state government’s appointment of a caretaker committee on transportation.

The National Industrial Court in Lagos had on April 18, ordered the reinstatement of the operations of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria in Lagos State and nullified the state government’s appointment of a caretaker committee on transportation.

Justice Maureen Esowe made the order while delivering judgment in the suit marked NICN/LA/381/2022, filed by RTEAN to challenge its dissolution by the Lagos State Government in October 2022.

The first three of the 37 defendants in the suit were Lagos State Governor, the state’s Attorney-General; and the governor’s  Special Adviser on Transportation, Sola Giwa.

The judge held that the act of the Lagos State in suspending RTEAN’s operations in the state and setting up a caretaker committee was unconstitutional.

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Justice Esowe rejected the argument by the state government that it suspended RTEAN over a fracas, saying rather than suspend the union, the state should have got the police involved.

The Judge restrained the Lagos State government from further interfering in the operations of the union’s exco.

But dissatisfied with the judgment the state government filed a Notice of Motion dated April 28, seeking to overturn the judgment of the NICN.

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