Again CJN pleads with JUSUN to call off strike

Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad has again pleaded members of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) to call of their ongoing strike in interest of the nation.

This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Ahuraka Isah, CJN’s Senior Special Assistant on on Tuesday.

Muhammad made call after a meeting  Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige at Supreme Court.

The CJN said calling off the strike would also allow opportunity further negations the resolution of the dispute.

Muhammad observed that some of the in contention were already sub judice and as such, there is need to give the requisite legal process enough opportunity to be exhausted.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that JUSUN members embarked on the nationwide strike on April 6 in agitation the judiciary’s financial freedom from the executive, particularly at the state level, where the state governors only fund the two other arms of government as they please.

NAN also reports that on April 6, the CJN pleaded JUSUN to call off the strike when met with some national and local officials of the union in chambers to explore solutions and ways to mitigate the impact of the strike.

Muhammad asked JUSUN to call off the strike as the process of making the state government to obey Order 10 and various court judgments on the autonomy of the Judiciary is being implemented.

NAN also reports that President Buhari had, on May 22, 2020, signed law an Executive Order granting financial autonomy to the legislature and the judiciary across the 36 states of the .

The Executive Order No. 10 of 2020 made it mandatory all states to include the allocations of both the legislature and the judiciary in the first-line charge of their budgets.

The order also mandates the accountant general of the to deduct from source amount due to the state legislatures and judiciaries from the monthly allocation to each state, for states that refuse to grant such autonomy. (NAN)