A meeting between the Federal Government, judiciary, and parliamentary workers in Abuja has ended with all parties signing an agreement for the implementation of the contentious financial autonomy in states.
The meeting chaired by Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, agreed on a 40-day window for implementation of financial autonomy by states.
The Minister revealed that the Governors had signed their portion in the last 24 hours, giving room for both the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN and Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, PASAN leadership to append their signatures accordingly.
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Ngige who had boasted last week that the unions will call-off their strike this week appealed to them to consider the many pending court cases and suspend the over 2 months old strike.
Meanwhile, both JUSUN and PASAN executives insist on meeting to communicate decisions reached to their members before taking any decision whether or not to suspend the action.
In a statement on Friday meeting, noted the Deputy Director Press in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan had said the Federal Government held its last meeting with JUSUN and PASAN to resolve the strike of the unions over the refusal of Governors to implement autonomy for state legislature and judiciary.
Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike had accused the Federal Government on Thursday of insincerity in granting financial autonomy to the judiciary after receiving applauds from the Chief Justice of Nigeria on welfare for judiciary workers in his State.
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