The Federal Government has expressed optimism that courts and state assemblies will re-open next week.
This follows the resolution of the nationwide industrial dispute of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) and Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) over the non-implementation of autonomy for State judiciary and legislature by the governors.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, gave the hint on Friday shortly after a meeting between the Government side and unions to smoothen the grey areas in the Memorandum of Action (MOA) reached on May 20.
Briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting, Ngige said the 36 Governors led by the Chairman of the Governors Forum, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and his Deputy, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, have put their pen on paper on behalf of their colleagues on the historic agreement which they reached on May 20.
According to the Minister, with what they achieved at the meeting, it is expected that the courts and state assemblies would re-open next week, since all the grey areas have been smoothened.
“So today we met with the unions in a small dialogue to dot the i’s and cross the t’s in the agreement which we agreed will take effect from May 20.
“Right now, we expect the unions to go back to their members and give them final briefing on what we have achieved today.
“With this achievement of today, we are hopeful that by next week, the chambers of our courts and the doors of the state assemblies will be open for business activities to begin, he said Ngige said they were not oblivious that this situation has posed serious challenges to the nation, especially as the courts are closed and the law enforcement agencies have no place to take arrested criminals.
He therefore thanked the unions for all the efforts put in place in this final round of the dialogue in which the modalities that were not very clear the last time they met had been sorted to the satisfaction of both sides.