Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, has suspended its nationwide 2 months strike action effective from Monday.
A communiqué issued at the end of the National Executive Council meeting commended the CJN and Heads of Courts for the patience and understanding throughout the period of the industrial action.
“NEC also commended the NJC for their effort in making sure that governors obeyed the MoA, judgment and agreement on the financial autonomy of state judiciary.
“NEC of JUSUN condemned the actions of governors of Kaduna, Plateau and Benue states by withholding the salaries of judiciary workers for months and urged them to do the needful.”
Also, JUSUN pleaded with the NJC, the Presidential Implementation Committee, the Attorney General of the Federation, the Accountant General of the Federation, and other relevant stakeholders to see that the issue of judicial autonomy is laid to rest in accordance with constitutional provisions.
Recall that the National Judicial Council (NJC) had in a meeting with JUSUN officials on Tuesday, pleaded with the striking court workers to end action in the interest of the country and the suffering court users.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad, attended the meeting.
Feelers that the strike was about to be called off was sensed on Monday, when JUSUN task force allowed the swearing in of Justice Salisu Garba, as the substantive Chief Judge of High Court of the Federal Capital Territory.
The event took place at the Supreme Court which hitherto had been under lock and key due to the strike.
JUSUN had embarked on the strike to seek the implementation of the Executive Order 10 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari in May 2020, which seeks to enforce financial autonomy for the judiciary and legislature in states.
By the Executive Order No. 10 of 2020, it is mandatory for all states to include the allocations of both the legislature and the judiciary in the first-line charge of their budgets in line with the provisions of the 1999 constitution as amended.
More so, the order 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, in the case of states that refuse to implement the autonomy provision.
But the governors have not complied with the executive order, hence the decision of the judicial workers to go on strike.