- Judiciary workers in the country have not backed down on their ongoing industrial dispute
- The Nigerian Bar Association has shown solidarity with the striking workers
- JUSUN has shut down courts in the country to push for the implementation of financial autonomy for the judiciary
A mild drama played out in Abuja on Monday, April 19, when the two gates leading into the premises of the National Assembly were locked by security agencies.
Channels TV reported that security agencies took the decision to prevent members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) from gaining entrance into the premises.
The lawyers are on a peaceful march in support of the strike by the judiciary workers who are protesting financial autonomy.
The security agents instead that the lawers were not welcomed in the premises.
One of the security officers told the lawyers:
“People like you can’t just be in the National Assembly.''
Meanwhile, the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria's (JUSUN) ongoing nationwide strike took another dimension on Tuesday, April 13, as the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Ikeja branch threatened to stage a protest in its support.
The Nation reported that Bartholomew Aguegbodo, the chairman of NBA Ikeja made the announcement after a meeting of the branch executive.
According to Aguegbodo, if the meeting between JUSUN and the governors forum fails to agree on the implementation of financial autonomy they would have no other option than to take further steps to make them comply.
In another news, members of JUSUN on Tuesday, April 6, shut down the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos state.
The Punch reported that they also sent out staff from offices, courtrooms, and premises of the court.
Legit.ng gathers that the JUSUN members in Lagos state were enforcing their indefinite nationwide strike, which started on Tuesday, April 6.
Still on labour news, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), through its president, Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, said it has agreed to put a halt to its industrial action.
Okhuaihesuyi confirmed this to The Nation on Saturday, April 10, adding that the new decision came after some promising resolves reached by NARD and the federal government.
However, NARD's boss said the organisation has given the government not more than two weeks to meet its demands.