The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has called off its two-month long strike with effect from 14th June, 2021 after a prolonged National Eexecutive Council (NEC) meeting.
The National Judicial Council (NJC) had, at a meeting on Tuesday with JUSUN leaders and the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, urged the striking court workers to put an end to the industrial action in the interest of the country and the suffering court users.
Members of the union have been on strike since April 6, 2021 in agitation for the financial independence of the various state judiciaries.
JUSUN is demanding amongst other things, financial autonomy for the judiciary in the light of Sections 81 and 121(3) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and decisions of Federal High Courts to the effect that all funds due to the judiciary from the Consolidated Revenue Fund shall be paid directly to the Heads of the Courts concerned.
A subsequent Executive Order was issued by the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari for the “Implementation of financial Autonomy of States Legislature and State Judiciary” on 20th May 2020. However, some state governors have failed to implement this fundamental provision of the Law.
By Abel Ejikeme