- Judiciary workers in Nigeria have announced that they are going on strike nationwide
- The decision of the judiciary workers is coming days after resident doctors downed tools in the health sector
- The judiciary workers are aggrieved because their demand for financial autonomy for the sector has been ignored by the government
The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has declared an indefinite nationwide strike to press home their demand for the financial autonomy of the judiciary.
The national leadership of JUSUN in a circular dated Thursday, April 1, ordered the shut down of various courts across the country from Tuesday, April 6.
In the circular signed by JUSUN’s general secretary, I. M. Adetola, the union directed all states and zonal heads of the union to comply with the strike.
The union stated that it had at its last National Executive Meeting on March 13, 2021, in Abuja, issued a 21-day ultimatum to the government to implement the financial autonomy of the judiciary.
Premium Times reports that the circular read in part:
“You are directed to shut down courts/departments in your states until further notice from the national secretariat of JUSUN in Abuja.”
The planned strike is bound to add to the woes of many Nigerians whose access to healthcare has already been impaired by the ongoing strike of Nigerian doctors.
Some Nigerians have been commenting on the decision of the judiciary workers to go on strike via social media.
Obinna Nkwonta asks on Twitter:
“Why is everyone going on strike; hope the nation won’t go on strike from the world?”
Ladi Adigun wrote:
“Let’s occupy the country nothing is working.”
Aliyu Akeem wrote:
“Only looting is working in Nigeria.”
Zubby Ifeaka wrote:
“Soon the whole sector will be on strike.”
Adam Rabiu Usman wrote on Facebook:
“It is obvious the government is not willing to keep to their promises not only in that sector but also in the most important - the health sector.”
Okofu Tony wrote:
“Nothing seems to be working in this country called Nigeria. The government of Muhammadu Buhari and his APC-led federal government have failed the people, and it is high time they are chased out of government.”
Okpeniku Onosetare Honesty wrote:
“If the judiciary can get their autonomy, the politicians know it' will be hard for them to divert justice. They holding the judiciary with this financial rope.”
Recall that members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Thursday, April 1 commenced a nationwide strike.
According to the association, Nigeria loses over N576 billion ($1.2billion) yearly to medical tourism lamenting that Nigeria has no three-star government-owned tertiary health institution.
The strike by the doctors commenced days after President Muhammadu Buhari embarked on a medical trip to London.
A statement by the presidency noted that Buhari is due back in the country during the second week of April 2021.