Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has called off its two-month old nationwide strike action during which court activities were grounded.
JUSUN’s strike was in protest against the non-implementation of the executive order 10 signed by president Muhammadu Buhari in May last year, which seeks to enforce financial autonomy for the judiciary and legislature in states. The union also demanded judicial autonomy in accordance with constitutional provisions.
With the suspension of the strike, courts are expected to reopen on Monday.
The National Judicial Council had pleaded with the striking court workers in a meeting with JUSUN officials on Tuesday, to end action in the interest of the country.
include the allocations of both the legislature and the judiciary in the first-line charge of their budgets in line with the provisions of the 1999 constitution as amended.
More so, the order mandates the accountant-general of the federation to deduct from source amount due to the state legislatures and judiciaries from the monthly allocation to each state, in the case of states that refuse to implement the autonomy provision.
But the governors have not complied with the executive order, hence the decision of the judicial workers to go on strike.
The National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria was held in Abuja where it was resolved to suspend its strike, effective from Monday. JUSUN condemned the actions of governors of Kaduna, Plateau and Benue states by withholding the salaries of judiciary workers for months and urged them to do the needful.”
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The governor revealed on Thursday nights that the state government had yet to disengage any civil servant as only agencies connected to the local government system have disengaged staff.
El Rufai in his statement to reporters listed those affected to include the 23 local government councils, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), and the Primary Health Care Board.
He said ‘’So far, 99 political appointees have lost their jobs but we have not commenced rightsizing civil servants,” adding that “we want to be fair with regards to civil servants. We had earlier promised that before we reduce the size of the civil service, we will start with political appointees and we have done that.”
El Rufai explained that the disengaged political appointees constituted 30 per cent of the total number of political office holders in the state.
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Lagos state governor’s special adviser on central business districts, Olugbenga Oyerinde has cautioned miscreants who cut and vandalize iron barriers, railings and other government road infrastructures, to desist from the act or face prosecution.
Oyerinde gave the warning on Wednesday while supervising iron barriers and railings in the Lagos Island business district. He decried the huge loss caused by the vandals who destroy government property. He urged business owners, traders and residents to be vigilant and be security conscious.
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