Court prevents recruitment to Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation

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Court prevents recruitment to Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation

In Abuja, the Federal High Court ordered the suspension of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)’s ongoing recruitment until a suit has been decided by Mr. Pelumi Olajengbesi.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) has announced that Olajengbesi, a lawyer for the public interest, has started to implement the Basic Rights of all potential applicants for the purpose of rejecting NNPC recruitment because it has been discriminatory.

The recruitment had disqualified Nigerians above the age of 28 from applying for the vacant positions.

Olajengbesi had breached the age criterion of the on-going recruitment of the NNPC, noting that it infringed the 2009 Basic Rights Procedure for the Protection of Nigerians under Section 3(e)(iv).

Court prevents recruitment to Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation

Court prevents recruitment to Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation

He had written to the then Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, on March 26, threatening to drag the organisation to court for placing discriminatory age requirement on qualified Nigerians who would have applied for the jobs advertised by the corporation.

The NNPC invited candidates to apply for a number of positions including trainees who must not exceed 28 years as of 31 December 2018 and who had a degree in university or polytechnics before 2014.

At the hearing on Oct. 18, 2019, the applicant prayed the court to ensure that justice was served on the unemployed Nigerians who needed to know their stand in the matter.

“The matter has long been before the court and the rest of the matter is at a stake and under Order 8 Rule 4 of the Article II of the African Charter of Human and People’s Right (Ratification and Enforcement) Act.

“I pray that the matter be heard together with the preliminary objection filed by the respondents in the interest of justice,” the applicant said.

When the matter was called up, the applicant’s counsel informed the court that the respondent filed his counter on Oct. 15, 2019.

In reply, the respondent informed the court that he was sick and had a surgery.

The presiding judge, Justice Muhammed Tsoho (Acting Chief Justice of The Federal High Court) informed the respondents counsel that his counter was not proper before the court and had not been regularised.

The court in considering the urgent nature of the matter granted an adjournment for the respondents to regularise their counter.

Tsoho, however, ordered that parties must maintain status quo pending the hearing of the substantive suit.

He adjourned the matter until Oct. 29, 2019 for hearing.

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