UNICAL: Court strikes out former Bursar’s suit for lack of jurisdiction, chides plaintiff…


Efio-Ita Nyok|17 January 2017 The National Industrial Court today struck out the case between Peter Agi Vs The University of Calabar for want of jurisdiction NegroidHaven can report. The court held that it was premature for Mr. Peter Agi to have instituted his case only 4 days after his suspension without exhausting the internal dispute resolution mechanism in the university. This the court held was in violation of Section 80 of the university of Calabar Act 1979 The Court therefore struck out the matter for lack of jurisdiction to entertain a matter on grounds that the matter was too premature to be entertained and the court is not invested with the jurisdiction to interfere with the matter before the university internal dispute resolution mechanism. It will be recalled that late last year Mr Peter Agi the then Bursar of the University of Calabar was suspended on the following grounds:
(a) refusal to pay duly authorized and approved allowances to staff; (b) refusal to procure buses for Units due for accreditation and other pool vehicles thus resulting in denial of accreditation to the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Allied Medical Sciences; (c) your purchase of a different brand of vehicle (Toyota Highlander) instead of the duly approved Sienna, at a higher cost than what the Vice Chancellor approved for the SUG president; (d) refusal to release Interim Payment Certificates (IPCs) and other payments to TETFUND and NEEDS assessment contractors even when funds were available. While Agi failed to appear before a joint Council/Senate committee of the institution on September 23rd, 2016 to explain his side of the allegations after he was invited his services with the institution was terminated on the 3rd of November 2016. Efio-Ita Nyok
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