During the visit, the leadership of JUSUN informed the NBA President, Y. C. Maikyau, OON, SAN, about their intention to embark on a strike and sought his support. They highlighted the longstanding battle between the union and concerned stakeholders, originating from financial autonomy and judicial independence issues.
Comrade Marwan Mustapha Adamu, mni, the JUSUN President, emphasized that the last JUSUN strike, suspended two years ago, was predicated on government promises of compliance, which were subsequently unfulfilled. He further mentioned a court judgment that ruled in favour of JUSUN, specifically addressing financial autonomy for the judiciary. Regrettably, all thirty-six state governors in Nigeria have failed to comply with the court’s judgment and constitutional provisions despite interventions by the NBA and the National Judicial Council (NJC).
Proposal to Embark on Strike Action
Responding to the union’s concerns, NBA President Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau OON, SAN, welcomed the JUSUN leadership to the NBA Secretariat and expressed gratitude for their dedicated work. He acknowledged the pivotal role of registry staff in the judicial sector and the adverse impact of non-implementation of judicial autonomy.
He, however, expressed concern about the proposed strike and its potential consequences on the courts’ administration. He emphasized that the courts and litigants rely heavily on the registry. He appealed to JUSUN not to proceed with the planned strike while stressing the need for reciprocity on the part of the government to respect existing agreements.
Maikyau further stated that the NBA will continue to engage both the Federal and State governments on the need to improve the conditions of service of judicial officers and judicial workers. He said the NBA is already taking the lead in providing direction and focus on proposals for the upward review of judicial salaries and allowances.
The meeting between JUSUN and the NBA signifies an ongoing effort to address the critical issue of judicial autonomy and the challenges registered staff face in the Nigerian judiciary.
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