The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Lagos chapter, has resumed full duty in the state after a 23-day strike to press home demand for financial autonomy for the judiciary. Their resumption followed a directive by the administrative department of the Lagos state judiciary.
Although all departments of the state judiciary have opened, the courts are yet to commence sitting. Reports indicates that JUSUN Lagos chairman, Shobowale Kehinde, had on Thursday, April 22, said some of its workers in the state will be allowed to resume partially to enable the courts to clear a backlog of important cases.
Kehinde said the decision was based on the fact that the Lagos state government has shown interest in addressing JUSUN’s demands. More reports that the national body of JUSUN has kicked against the declaration of partial opening of courts in Lagos.
Isaiah Adetola, the JUSUN general secretary, said in a statement that the move by the Lagos chapter to break ranks with the national body is unacceptable. Some Nigerians have been reacting to the move by the Lagos state chapter of the union via social media.
Simon Peter-Mom wrote on Facebook: “It has been infiltrated. Never will a course be fought to the end in Nigeria. What a people.”
John Desmond wrote: “Betrayal. Have they agreed to the labour terms?”
Ajulu Ozodo wrote: “Has the autonomy been granted? Or they have decided to go for peanuts?”
Odeshi Temitope Adewale asks: “Is there anything judicial about Nigeria?”
Leakblast.com earlier reported that JUSUN declared an indefinite nationwide strike to press home their demand for the financial autonomy of the judiciary. The national leadership of the union in a circular dated Thursday, April 1, ordered the shut down of various courts across the country from Tuesday, April 6.
Recall that members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Thursday, April 1 commenced a nationwide strike. According to the association, Nigeria loses over N576 billion ($1.2billion) yearly to medical tourism lamenting that Nigeria has no three-star government-owned tertiary health institution.
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