ABUJA/Nigeria: The National Leadership of the Nigeria Civil Service Union has formally reported the Executive Chairman of Federal inland Revenue Services Alhaji Muhammad Nami on his recalcitrant attitude to the implementation of Judgement given by the National industrial Court ruling on Friday 23rd 2021 to the Federal Minister of Labour, Employment and productivity as well as Minister of justice and Attorney general of the Federation.
The letter which was personally signed by the National President of the Union Comrade Lawrence Ameachi threatened that failure of the Executive Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Services to implement the court order within 7 days beginning from today 26th July 2021 the Union will take necessary legal action.
The letter further stated that “failure by the recalcitrant attitude from the Executive Chairman of the Federal inland Revenue Services to abide by the Court order the National Leadership of the Union will be compelled to institute contempt of court charges against Executive Chairman of Federal inland Revenue Services by extension the Board Management of FIRS which the consequences might be disastrous” the statement revealed.
The Judgement of the National industrial Court had “restrained the Federal inland Revenue Services management from sealing the Union unit Secretariat and from stopping the Union check off dues accruable to the Nigeria Civil Service Union”.
“That the Court refused an order of interim injunction restraining the respondents (FIRS) whether by itself executives, agents, Representatives, Allies or any other person by whatever name called from discussing maligning defaming smearing vilifying the applicants in the media including print electronic and social media pending the determination of the motion on notice”
The above prayer was not granted FIRS because it has no support affidavits which requires proof but was lacking consequently the court refused to grant the FIRS request.
Whereas, the Nigeria Civil Service Union as a responsible and law abiding Trade Union of 1912 complied with the National industrial Court ruling by suspending any action relating to picketing and strike in the premises of FIRS Nationwide.
It is unfortunate that the FIRS as an interested party like Nigeria Civil Service Union has disobeyed the ruling that directed that we should maintain the status quo ante including “to release check off dues accruable to the Union, unseal the Union unit Secretariat at the Federal inland Revenue Services premises and maintain peace pending the determination of the motion on notice” and “the status quo ante order however binds both parties in the suit” the court ruled.
The National Headquarters of the Nigeria Civil Service Union further stated that the letter dated 23rd July 2021 vide NCSU/NHQ/SC.15/VOL V/74 titled “Re- picketing of Federal inland Revenue Services nationwide- maters arising from the National industrial Court ruling at its sitting on Friday 23rd July 2021 and the need to obey the court ruling” was submitted to the office of the Head of Service of the Federation, The Minister of Finance, the President Nigeria Labour Congress and all security agencies because of the consequences of the Executive Chairman Federal inland Revenue Services contemptuous actions to the Court ruling.
The National Headquarters of the Nigeria Civil Service Union cautioned the Executive Chairman of the Federal inland Revenue Services that “to be forewarned is be forearmed.’