BAGE JCA (Delivered the Lead Judgment): This is an appeal against the judgment of the honourable Justice S. O. Ishola sitting at the High Court of Lagos State No. 26, Ikeja Judicial Division delivered on 16 September 2005.
The facts that led to this appeal are as follows:
The respondent herein was jointly employed by the 1st and 2nd appellants as Project Manager between 1999 and 31 December 2001 to oversee the construction of a soap factory contracted to the 1st and 2nd appellants by Unilever Nigeria Plc, by virtue of a memorandum of understanding dated 13 September 2001 exhibit ‘A’. The respondent undertook to supervise the execution of ‘Unilever soaps project’ for and on behalf of the appellants and the appellants on their own part undertook to pay N8,000,000.00 (eight million naira) in six (6) instalments.
The appellants paid the first five instalments, but did not pay the respondent the sum of N1,250,000.00 (one million, two hundred and fifty thousand naira) covering the last stage…