Substantial hearing in the case that involves 235 withdrawn workers versus Chevron Nigeria Limited and its contracting firms, JOCECO Nigeria Limited, Pat Onosen Nigeria Enterprises, Sanco Calaya JV Nigeria Limited and Hensteel Engr. & Construction Services Limited, has been recessed till May 10, 2018.
This was the subsequence of a ruling of the trial judge, National Industrial Court sitting in Awka, Anambra State, Justice J.I. Targema, after deliberating motions on whether the court has jurisdiction to hear the case or not.
According to Justice J. I. Targema, the court thinks that written addresses filed by the defendants “did not address the issue of the nature of employment of the claimants, whether it is that of contract of service or contract for service.”
The court maintained that the employment status of the claimants will only be solved after listening to evidence from both parties.
In the meantime, the motion of the second defendant (Pat Onosen, who was absent) requesting for prolongation of time to lodge his statement of defence is still awaiting confirmation.