Strike Continues as JUSUN Meeting With FG Suffers Huge Setback
- Members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) have not yet called off their industrial action
- The judiciary workers are demanding financial autonomy
- Some lawyers have been on a peaceful march in solidarity with JUSUN members
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Reports have emerged that a reconciliation meeting between the federal government and members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) suffered a setback on Tuesday, April 20.
Channels TV reported that the meeting failed to hold after the union staged a walkout from the venue for discussion.
The publication stated that the striking judiciary workers took the action after they had waited for over an hour at the conference room of the ministry of labour and employment.
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The union refused to listen to pleas from the permanent secretary who informed them that the minister was holding a meeting with the government team in his office.
The Tribune reported that a spokesperson for JUSUN, Koin Selepreye, said it was wrong for the minister to keep the workers for that long.
He criticised the ministry of labour for not keeping to the scheduled time for the meeting.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has finally agreed to implement autonomy for state legislative and judiciary, with effect from May 2021.
The Cable reported that the Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayose, who is the NGF chairman, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Monday, April 19.
Fayemi said the decision was reached in a meeting attended by federal lawmakers, representatives of the judiciary and legislative staff, and the chief of staff to the president, Ibrahim Gambari.
He insisted the governors never objected to full autonomy for the state assemblies and judiciary, adding that the issue is about implementation.
In another news, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Ikeja branch threatened to stage a protest in its support of striking judiciary workers.
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.