Lagos Govt Appeals Judgment Reinstating RTEAN

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The National Industrial Court’s ruling invalidating the state government’s establishment of a caretaker committee on transportation has been appealed by the Lagos State Government at the court of appeals in Lagos.

The formation of a caretaker committee on transportation by the state government was overturned by the National Industrial Court in Lagos on April 18, which also ordered the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria to resume operations in Lagos State.

The decision was made by Justice Maureen Esowe in the case NICN/LA/381/2022, which RTEAN filed to contest the Lagos State Government’s decision to dissolve it in October 2022.

The governor of Lagos State, the state’s attorney general, and the governor’s lieutenant governor were the first three defendants out of the 37 total parties.

The judge held that the act of the Lagos State in suspending RTEAN’s operations in the state and setting up a caretaker committee was unconstitutional.

Justice Esowe rejected the argument by the state government that it suspended RTEAN over a fracas, saying rather than suspend the union, the state should have got the police involved.

The Judge restrained the Lagos State government from further interfering in the operations of the union’s exco.

But dissatisfied with the judgment the state government filed a Notice of Motion dated April 28, seeking to overturn the judgment of the NICN.