Former Staff vs Radio Port Harcourt: Court chides radio station, refers matter...

Former Staff vs Radio Port Harcourt: Court chides radio station, refers matter to ADR


The National Industrial Court, Port Harcourt division, sitting in Yenagoa has referred the case between the former staffs of Radio Port Harcourt, now  91.7 Wave FM, to the Alternation Dispute Resolution, ADR.

The former staffs instituted the suit against the radio station for their outstanding entitlements including unpaid salaries ranging from four to eight months, leave bonuses and retirement allowance running into millions of naira.

It was drama in the court in Yenagoa on Wednesday when the counsel to the station failed to give a satisfactory answer as to why the company was foot dragging despite appealing for an out-of- court settlement.

A visibly angry Justice Teseer Agbadu- Fishim, on Wednesday referred the case to ADR following the inability of the company to keep to its promise after it sought an out of court settlement.

The judge ordered that the National Industrial Court in Yenagoa will now take over the matter in the interest of the former staff, since the company was dragging its foot.

The court had on March, 2016, granted the prayer of the counsel to  Radio Port Harcourt, now Wave FM, Emmanuel Kalu, for an out- of -court settlement, but failed to invite the former staffs  and their lawyer for the settlement.

The radio station’s lawyer also failed to show up for the report on the settlement on the adjourned date of 1 June, 2016, which prompted the court to further adjourn to Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

Some of the affected staffs hailed the decision of the court and insisted that they would pursue the matter until its logical conclusion.