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Facilitate Establishment of Industrial Courts, Lawyers Appeal to Governors

Facilitate Establishment of Industrial Courts, Lawyers Appeal to Governors

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Some Abuja based lawyers have appealed to state governments to facilitate the establishment of industrial courts in their domains in order to boost justice delivery.They made the appeal on Friday in Abuja in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

The lawyers, who stressed the importance of industrial courts in labour relations, noted that the courts should be speedily established in all the states of the federation. They noted that as a specialized court, it would boost speedy resolution of labour cases in the states.One of the lawyers, Mr Gideon Isah, said the volume of work in the existing divisions of industrial courts were too much, with adverse effect in justice delivery.

“The industrial court is one court that employers are getting justice by the day and most states are ‘civil service states’ with loads of legal suits in courts.“They have to travel to nearby divisions for all their cases, but if every state has a branch of the court it will quicken justice delivery.”Another lawyer, Mrs Theresa Idahlesa, told NAN that travelling to access industrial courts in far away states imposes more burden on legal practitioner.

She noted that the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), with headquarters in Abuja, currently has 19 divisions located in Akure, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Calabar, Ekiti, and Enugu.Others are located in Gombe, Ibadan, Jos, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Maiduguri, Makurdi, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Sokoto, Uyo, and Yola.

NAN recalls that Rivers Government had embarked on erecting a structure for the industrial court in the state.The President of NICN, Justice Babatunde Adejumo, had reiterated that erecting structures for the court in states would not influence with the outcome of cases in the court.

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