NJC wades into executive/judiciary impasse in Kogi, okays biometric exercise

NJC wades into executive/judiciary impasse in Kogi, okays biometric exercise

- The impasse between the Kogi state executive and judiciary arms of government seems to be coming to an end

- The National Judicial Council (NJC) has waded into the lingering dispute

- After a meeting with the Kogi governor, it was recommended that the judiciary workers should participate in the biometric exercise and receive their paychecks

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has waded into the lingering dispute between the executive and the judiciary in Kogi state.

The NJC recommended that the judiciary should comply with the table payment and biometric exercise adopted by the government and organised labour in the state.  

Briefing journalists on Wednesday, April 24, after a closed door meeting between a high-powered delegation from the NJC and Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state, the director-general media and publicity to the governor, Hon. Kingsley Fanwo said the parties made progress towards a speedy resolution.

He revealed that the meeting recommended that the judiciary workers should participate in the biometric exercise and receive their paychecks. 

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His words: “The meeting was a very fruitful one. The state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello was in the meeting. The state chief judge, Justice Nasir Ajana was in attendance and the delegation of the NJC headed by the former president of the Court of Appeal, Honourable Justice Umaru Abdullahi.

“Parties made their separate cases after which the NJC delegation recommended that everyone should sheathe their swords and jointly conduct the table payment and biometric capture to allow the judiciary staff access their salaries which has been hanging since the face off began.

“The law-lords noted that the exercise does not interfere with the autonomy of the judiciary.”

Fanwo stressed that the exercise was harmless and only to be feared by those who have anything to hide.

He assured that genuine workers of the judiciary who were suffering unnecessarily will jump at the opportunity, even as he disclosed that some members of the delegation confirmed at the meeting that some of them have participated in similar exercises in their states.

Fanwo concluded by assuring the judiciary workers Governor Yahaya Bello was pleased with the outcome of the meeting as it would enable his administration pay available salaries.

It would be recalled that the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) had embarked on an indefinite strike in the state over the matter leaving their members unpaid for some months.

He assured JUSUN that as soon as the strike was called off and the judiciary payroll made available to government the exercise would be conducted and payments made.

In another development, civil society organisation, Independent Hajj Reporters, has honoured Governor Bello as the 2018 Hajj Governor of the year.

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A statement jointly signed by its national coordinator, Ibrahim Muhammed and the planning committee organizing secretary, Mallam Garba Muhammad said the award is for those who contributed to the tremendous achievements recorded in hajj exercise in the past few years.

The organisation also said that it has earlier constituted a screening committee to collate performance of state Muslim pilgrims welfare boards with emphasis on the responses of state governors to hajj and hajj-related memos to requests made by their respective states Muslim pilgrims welfare boards before, during and after 2018 hajj exercise.

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