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Court Overturns NIA Ex-Acting DG Sack

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN)  sitting in Abuja, yesterday voided the dismissal of a former Acting Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Mohammed Dauda.

In a judgment, Justice Olufunke Anuwe, granted all the reliefs sought by Dauda, including an order for his reinstatement as a substantive director in the NIA

Justice Anuwe declared Duada’s dismissal, as a director in the NIA, as illegal, null and void and ordered his immediate reinstatement.

The judge also ordered the full payment of his salaries and entitlements from the date of his dismissal to his date of reinstatement.

Justice Anuwe, who awarded N1million cost against the defendants, noted the claimant (Dauda) did not challenge his dismissal as the acting DG of the NIA.

The judgment was on the suit marked: marked NICN/ABJ/136/2018, filed by Dauda through his lawyer and former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Kanu Agabi (SAN).

The suit had the NIA and its Director General (DG) as defendants.

Dauda, who was dismissed on March 6, 2018, had in his originating summons, raised some questions for the court’s determination.

He asked the court to determine whether the procedure adopted by the defendants in the case leading to his purported dismissal is in compliance with Article 8(1) and (2) of the National Securities Agency Act (CAPS 278) 1986.

Dauda also asked the court to determine whether the purported letter of dismissing him issued on March 6, 2018 is not unlawful, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.

He, then, prayed the court to among others, reinstate him as a director and order the payment of his salaries and other entitlements from the date of his unlawful dismissal to the date of his reinstatement.



CBN Invests N120bn on Cotton Production

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) disclosed that over N120 billion has been invested on the cotton value chain and projected over 300, 000 metric tonnes of seed by end of this year.

Deputy Governor, Corporate Services of CBN, Edward Adamu, said yesterday at the Cotton, Textile and Garments (CTG) stakeholders meeting the intervention was to eradicate smuggling and dumping of textile goods in Nigeria.

The meeting tagged: “Cotton Harvest 2020 Season”, he said, would also resuscitate and return the lost glory of the cotton textile and garment industry.

Adamu recalled the booming days of coton industry that sustained the economy with massive job creation, which in the 1970’s and early 1980s, Nigeria was home to Africa’s largest textile industry with over 180 textile mills in operations, which employed close to over 450,000 people.

 “By today, if we had nurtured and encouraged the textile industry, that sector will be employing millions”, h said,

He reiterated that the textile industry, at that time, was the largest employer of labour in Nigeria after the public sector, contributing over 25 per cent of the workforce in the manufacturing sector.

That alone, he said, supported the clothing needs of the Nigerian populace, the markets were filled with locally produced textiles from companies such as United Textiles in Kaduna, Supertex Limited, Afprint, International Textile Industry (ITI), Texlon, Aba Textiles, Asaba Textile Mills Ltd, Enpee and Aswani Mills, amongst others.

“The Bank’s interventions in cotton textile and garment are designed to resuscitate and return the textile industries back to its glorious days, creating jobs, diversification of Nigeria’s economy, and achieving self-sufficiency in cotton production”, he added.

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