NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL COURT: THE CART BEFORE THE COURT

The establishment Act created it as a specialized tribunal with exclusive adjudicating power on matters relating to or connected with labour and industrial relations laws, (Section 7 (1) of the National Industrial Court Act 2006).

To be sure, the propriety of that exclusive enacting clause in the face of seeming inconsistency with the constitutional provision situating such exercise of judicial power within superior courts of record listed in the nation’s organic law, soon became a subject of disputation in legal circles. And, as easily discernible from the unanimity in a few reported cases, the exclusive jurisdiction supposedly conferred on the National Industrial Court (NIC) by legislation needed an insertion in the nation’s organic law to make good law... read more