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Ex-Staff Alerts RSG On Sale Of WAGI Assets

A Rivers State High Court, presided over by Justice Eheeshey has adjourned to March 11, the suit instituted by over 184 former workers of the defunct West African Class Industry (WAGI) against a Port Harcourt based legal practitioner, Barr. George Ogara.

The former workers had dragged Barr. Ogara to court over claims that the lawyer allegedly converted and embezzled more than half of the total sum of over N695m being severance entitlements from their former country awarded to them by the National industrial court in Enugu State. A judgment debt which they said Barr. Ogara executed on their behalf.

At the resumed hearing of the matter, counsel to the former workers, Mrs. Abaji who represented N.A. Ibiloye & Co., filed a motion for joinder of some necessary parties which she argued are vital to the matter.

The motion was not opposed by counsel to the defendants.

Justice Eheeshey, promised to give accelerated hearing on the matter as according to him, the matter involved a member of the legal profession. He therefore adjourned the matter to March 11.

Speaking to newsmen after the hearing, counsel to the former WAGI workers, Mrs. Abaji said the motion for joinder of one Emmanuel Kani and the workers Union – the Chemical and Non Matalic Products Senior Staff Association (CONMPSSAN) will enable the court to have a broader view of the matter.

Meanwhile, the Leader of the ex-workers, Meshach Uyi while lamenting the deprivations suffered by the ex-workers of WAGI, appealed to the Rivers State government to take interest in the former glass industry.

He alleged that the core investor in the company has gradually been selling off, some of the equipments and important assets of the company,  adding that even the land has been put up for sale by the core investor for the sum of N2b.

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