The Lagos State Government is set to appeal the judgement by Honourable Justice Maureen Esowe of the National Industrial Court, declaring the state’s Park Administrators Ad-hoc Committee as null and void.
In a statement by the Director of Public Affairs, Mrs. Grace Alo, Lagos Ministry of Justice, the state government said it has applied for the copy of the judgement and would be filing for appeal.
The statement reads in part, “Our attention has been drawn to reports on various media about a Judgment delivered by Honourable Justice Maureen Esowe in respect of Suit No NICN/LA/381/2022 between Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria and The Executive Governor of Lagos State and 36 Ors.
The reliefs sought from the Court by the Claimant include a declaration that the purported dissolution of the Elected Executive Committee of the Claimant operating in Lagos State and appointment of a Care-taker Committee to run its affairs in Lagos State by the Lagos State Government is unconstitutional, null and void.
It is on record that what the Lagos State Government set up is known as the Lagos State Park Administrators Ad-Hoc Committee on the Operations of Commercial Road Transport Workers Activities within Garages and Motor Parks and not a Caretaker Committee to run the affairs of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in Lagos State.”
It stated that several of the reports had mistakenly attributed to the Judgement that the Lagos State Park Management Committee (Committee) has been dissolved.
“The validity of the Lagos State Park Management Committee was not an issue before the Court and the Committee was not a party to the suit. The dissolution of the Committee is totally unrelated to the issues before the Court”, it noted.
However, the statement said that the Lagos State Government had applied for the Certified True Copy of the Judgement and intends to file an appeal in respect of same.
“All affected parties are enjoined to remain calm and be law abiding,” it said.