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Judiciary Workers Suspend Strike, Berate El-Rufai, Ortom, Lalong

The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has suspended its two-month-old strike embarked on to demand financial autonomy of the judiciary.

The union said in a communique issued after its emergency National Executive Council meeting on Wednesday that workers would go back to their offices on Monday.

JUSUN began the industrial action on April 6.

β€œNEC-in-session discussed extensively and after putting so many issues into consideration, such as the intervention of NJC and other stakeholders, the NEC has resolved that the strike is hereby suspended,” the communique signed by the deputy president, Emmanuel Abioye; and general secretary, Isaiah Adetola read.

In the communique, the leadership of JUSUN commended the efforts of the National Judicial Council in making sure that the governors obey the memorandum of agreement, and the judgment on the financial autonomy of the judiciary.

The union also commended the chief justice of Nigeria and the heads of courts for their patience and understanding throughout the period of the strike.

It, however, expressed its displeasure with the governors of Kaduna (Nasir El-Rufai), Plateau (Simon Lalong), and Benue (Samuel Ortom) for withholding the salaries of judiciary workers in their respective states.

β€œNEC-in-session condemns the actions of the governors of Kaduna, Plateau and Benue States for withholding salaries of judiciary in their various states for months and urge all governors involved to do the needful,” the communique read.

It added, β€œNEC-in-session plead with the NJC, the Presidential Implementation Committee, Attorney General of the Federation, Accountant General of the Federation and all stakeholders to see that the issue of Judiciary Financial Autonomy is laid to rest as provided for in Section 81(3), 121(3) and 162(9) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.”

The union also condemned the deduction of the salary of the members of JUSUN in Bayelsa and requested that the deducted should be restored.

It also reiterated that no member of the union should be victimised on account of the strike action.

Meanwhile, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has commended JUSUN for ending the strike, but said the workers would not be paid for the first week of June.

Gregory University Uturu, Abia State
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