Former Nigeria Standard Newspaper GM sues government demanding N27 million salaries arrears

Former Editor of Plateau State owned Nigerian Standard newspaper, Jonathan Ishaku, has taken the government to the  National Industrial Court in Jos, demanding payment of his salary arrears of about N27 million.
Ishaku, who also served as the General Manager of Plateau Publishing Corporation (PPC), publishers of Nigeria Standard, joined the establishment as a reporter in 1981, and rose to become Editor and Head of Editorial Department before he was dismissed from service in 1987 by the then military government.
His dismissal was later reversed by the Human Right Violation Investigation Commission known as “Oputa Panel”, set up by the former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, and the decision was affirmed by the Plateau State Ministry of Justice in October 2002.
The former GM said after his reinstatement in 2003, the PPC stated that his service period was considered to have remained continuous and unbroken from the date of his first employment in 1981.
Ishaku told journalists yesterday that he was denied his entitlements from August, 1987 to January, 2000. He said due to his wealth of experience, he was given a political appointment as General Manager of the Corporation in 2002 by the then governor, Joshua Dariye.
Ishaku was subsequently reappointed by Senator Jonah David Jang in 2007 until 2014 when he was suspended over what the government called, “poor handling of matters connected with the installation of a new printing press bought for the corporation”.
He said: “I was invited by a committee set up to investigate the allegations and was not found wanting but I was never the less issued another letter dated 8 January, 2015, relieving me of my appointment as General Manager, Plateau Publishing Corporation. The purported termination of my appointment is contrary to the condition of service regulating the employment, and I have suffered mental and psychological trauma pursuant to the unlawful termination of my employment and refusal to pay my entitlement.”
The case is scheduled for hearing on Thursday 19, 2015, at the National Industrial Court, Jos.


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