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MTN to appeal Industrial Court ruling on N4.83bn employee damages

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Not satisfied by the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Akure Division’s ruling by Justice Oyejoju Oyewunmi, ordering MTN Nigeria Communications Limited and MTN International, Mauritius to pay the former Network Group Operations Manager, Paul Odunewu, a sum of N4,825,036,735.9 as compensation for wrongful termination of employment, the telecom giant has given an indication to appeal the judgment.

MTN Nigeria in a statement issued by its General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Omasan Ogisi, said following the review by the company’s legal partners, it had approached a higher court requesting that the decision of the industrial court be set aside.

The telecoms said it has observed substantial grounds of appeal which were critical elements of the case that were not, otherwise, fully considered by the lower court before taking its position.

Ogisi averred that “We can confirm that the National Industrial Court took a position, which we consider detrimental to our interests in a suit filed by a former employee. The court’s position has been reviewed by our internal and external counsels”

While expressing her confident that the outcome at the superior court would be different and that justice would not only be done, but would be seen to be done in the case, she claimed that MTN has a tradition of treating all its employees fairly, as captured in the details of its employment contracts.