After five years of protracted legal battle between the federal Government and Yushau Shuaib, Chief Information Officer at the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed’s Ministry has finally obeyed the National Industrial Court order to reinstate the embattled civil servant.
In a letter of reinstatement with reference no. FMIC/LEG/307/VOL.1/122 addressed to Yushau Shuaib and signed by the Director of Human Resources Management, S.U. Ewa on behalf of the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Shuaib was informed of the Minister’s directive to reinstate him into the civil service as Chief Information Officer on GL14 with immediate effect.
The reinstatement letter reads in part: “I am directed to refer to the National Industrial Court judgment dated 22nd November, 2017 on the above subject and to inform you of the Honourable Minister’s directive that you be reinstated into the civil service as Chief Information Officer, SGL14 with immediate effect”, the letter said.
“You are therefore requested to report to the undersigned for further instruction, please”, ends the letter.
In his letter of acceptance to the Minister’s directive to reinstate him dated September 17, 2018, addressed to the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Yushau Shuaib appreciated the decision in line with the judgment of the National Industrial Court delivered on November 22, 2017.
Mr Shuaib, while holding the Minister in high regards requested for the prompt settlement of his outstanding salary arrears from June 2013 to date and gave his account details in order for the ministry to do the needful.
Recall that Justice David Isele of the National Industrial Court had ordered the immediate reinstatement of former spokesperson of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Yushau A. Shuaib into the public service after forceful retirement in 2013 over an opinion article he wrote on former Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
Mr Shuaib had sued the Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Federal Civil Service Commission, FCSC, and Federal Ministry of information over the purported retirement. James Ode Abah of Bamidele Aturu Legal Chambers handled the case for Mr Shuaib.