The Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN through it’s legal adviser, Mariam Usuf-Gusau said yesterday that its strike was still on because no concrete resolution had been reached.
Usuf-Gusau said, “The strike is still on while we await the outcome of the negotiation, we are not backing off until our demands are met,” she said.
Recall that JUSUN began an indefinite strike on Tuesday over continued delay to implement financial autonomy for the judiciary.
On May 22, 2020, the president, Muhammadu Buhari signed the Executive Order 10 for the enforcement of the financial autonomy status granted to state legislature and judiciary in the Nigerian Constitution. Executive Order 10 of 2020, made it mandatory for 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 federation 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.
“How can state high courts beg from governors for what is constitutionally theirs,” Usuf-Gusau wondered.
Also, Sunday Adetola, an Abuja-based lawyer urged government to meet the demands of JUSUN for financial autonomy.
According to him, “Does government understand the symbiotic relationship between justice and social cohesion? Justice is the sacred womb where peace and tranquility are conceived and birthed. is the more reason why financial autonomy should be advanced to the highest heaven.
“Why is it so difficult for the Executive arm of government to come to terms with the point that reducing the Judiciary to a toothless bulldog will inevitably translate to more security spending and needless waste of human and material resources in dealing with the resultant anarchy/consequences of failure in the justice sector,” Adetola said.
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