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NAWEC case commences

Nov 2, 2012, 10:43 AM | Article By: Dawda Faye

Dodou Ceesay, who dragged NAWEC to the Kanifing Industrial Tribunal for breach of contract, on 31 October 2012 started telling the tribunal what transpired between him and his former employer that warranted him to claim D600,000.

In his testimony, he told the tribunal that he lives at Dippa Kunda and he is unemployed presently.

He stated that he was employed by NAWEC in 1993.

He adduced that he was first employed as a meter reader for three years, adding that he was also a revenue collector and a cashier for ten years, from 1996 to 2006.

Ceesay said that he was not given an appointment letter for the post of a cashier, further stating that he was given the position of a branch officer up to 2009.

A pay slip was given to him by Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, his counsel, to identify, which he did.

He said the date on the pay slip was 24 September 2007.

His counsel applied to tender the said pay slip, and there was no objection by the defendant’s counsel.

The tribunal, as a result, admitted the pay slip as an exhibit.

Mr Ceesay added that the pay slip showed Senior Revenue Collector written on it, but he was a branch officer.

He further testified that between January and February, he was re-designated to the position of Senior Revenue Collector, adding that it was on 23 January 2009.

A letter showing the re-designation was tendered by his counsel after he applied to do so, and the defendant’s counsel did not raise any objection.

The said letter was admitted by the tribunal.

Mr Ceesay narrated that in August 2010, he stopped working for NAWEC when he was given a termination letter on 6 September 2012, adding that the said letter was handed to him by one Abdoulie Cham in his office, in the presence of the OC of the Fraud Squad, who escorted him to Abdoulie Cham’s office when he reported to the office of the Fraud Squad in Banjul.

His counsel applied to tender the said termination letter dated 27 August 2010, and the defendant’s counsel did not make any objection.

It was admitted by the tribunal.

Mr Ceesay said he had the service rules of NAWEC, which he surrendered to Lawyer Darboe.

The said service rules were given to him by his counsel, which he identified.

Lawyer Darboe applied to tender the service rules, and the defendant’s counsel did not raise any objection.

The said document was also admitted by the tribunal as an exhibit.

The plaintiff, Dodou Ceesay, said he knew one Ngoneh Jallow and Mr Juwara, who, as at 25 August 2010, was the Commercial Manager.

He said that Ngoneh Jallow was the billing manager, adding that he saw both Juwara and Ngoneh on 25 August 2010, at the Bakau Revenue Office.

At this juncture, the case was adjourned to 19 November 2012, for continuation.

NAWEC was represented by Lawyer Janet Sallah-Njie.