Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has pleaded with Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria(JUSUN) to consider calling off the ongoing strike for its Members in the Federal Judiciary, stressing that Federal Government has complied with constitutional provision on Judicial Autonomy.
1st Vice President of NBA, John Aikpokpo-Martins made the appeal when the delegation of JUSUN paid a courtesy on NBA Headquarters in Abuja to officially communicate the circumstances leading to the union’s ongoing industrial action.
Similarly, he urged JUSUN to call off the strike in the states which have given effect to the provisions of the constitution.
The Vice President John decried the failure of the state governments to comply with the provision of the 1999 constitution and the Executive Order No 10 which was signed by President Muhammadu Buhari on May 20, 2020 to enforce the autonomy of state Judiciaries.
He also reiterated the position of NBA as contained in it’s Press Release issued on 5th April, 2021 that the ‘timing of the strike action was rather inauspicious’.
Ealier, the Spokesman of JUSUN, Comrade Jimoh Musa, expressed the Union’s dissatisfaction with the NBA’s historical apathy to the autonomy of Judiciary which left the union with the unfortunate option of shutting down the Courts .
Comrade Musa however expressed hope that the current administration will approach things differently.
He bemoaned failure of Government to enforce its previous undertakings with the Union and underscored the union’s resolve not to call off the strike until all its demands are met.
On the request to call off the strike for the federal Judiciary, musa stated that such step would be a recipe for division within the union noting that solidarity was at the core struggle.
He also promised to table the proposal before the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting for consideration.
He sought the support of the NBA in charting a new course for the Judiciary towards ensuring its independence.
The Union intimated the leadership of NBA of its proposed meeting with the Nigerian Governors Forum and sought for the participation and cooperation of the NBA with a view of getting a better and more sustainable outcome.
During the meeting, JUSUN Team included Secretary General Isaiah Adetola, Deputy National President Emmanuel Abioye and National Vice President Laminu Mustapha. While members of the NBA team that hosted the union were the National Welfare Secretary Kunle Edun, NBA Bwari Branch Chairman Clement Chukwuemeka, NBA Gwagwalada Branch Chairman Isah Aliyu.
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