Judicial Workers Embark On Nationwide Strike Over Financial Autonomy

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The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), yesterday, embarked on an indefinite strike, shutting down courts across the country.

The strike was hinged on the failure of state governments to implement the orders of an Abuja Federal High Court, which granted financial autonomy for judiciaries across the country.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola had on January 14, 2014, following a suit by JUSUN, restrained the Federal Government and the 36 state governors from holding on to funds meant for the judiciary. He held that funds meant for the judiciary should instead be disbursed directly to the heads of court and not to the executive arm of government.

Addressing journalists yesterday, JUSUN National President, Adamu Marwa, however blamed the office of the Accountant General of the Federation for the failure of the Federal Government to implement the court judgment.

He lamented that the union had held meetings with representatives of the various governments 20 times since the verdict was delivered as well as signed seven Memoranda of Understanding, MoU.

“There is no going back until they respect the court judgment. This strike is indefinite.”