JUSUN suspends 2-months old strike resumes operation

The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), on Wednesday, suspend its strike, which has been in effect for over two months.

A decision made by JUSUN during the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held between the body and the federal government in Abuja. 

According to People’s Gazette, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, was in attendance as the National Judicial Council (NJC) met with JUSUN leaders on Tuesday, to urge the strike workers to set aside their grievances with the government considering the interest of the general public.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, JUSUN had asked members to endure the hardship occasioned by their ongoing strike a little longer giving assurance that negotiations would soon be concluded.

You will call, JUSUN embarked on a nationwide strike on April 6 2021 to demand full implementation of financial autonomy for the judicial arm of the government. The negotiations aim to either reach an agreement on terms for the implementation of the autonomy and consequently end the strike.

Is the strike began back in April, it has stalled several important proceedings such as the trial of former Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison Madueke, to avoid gross abuses of rights, the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) had directed its members to visit police stations and bail suspects detained for minor offences.

In May 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari signed an Executive Order granting financial autonomy to the legislature and the judiciary across the 36 states.

The Executive Order (No. 10 of 2020) made it mandatory for states to include the legislature and the judiciary’s allocations in their budgets’ first-line charge.

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

JUSUN, on April 3, issued a circular ordering the closure of courts across the country from April 6 as a measure to ensure implementation of the order.

Now that the strike is over Nigerian courts are set to reopen comes June 14th 2021. 

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