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Judicial Workers embark on Strike


Judiciary workers have embarked on an indefinite nationwide strike to demand for financial autonomy and other rights for the judicial administration in the country.

The appeal by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to shelve the industrial action, considering the COVID-19 guidelines and constraints could not stop the strike action.

Some workers of the Supreme Court Abuja could not gain access, as they intended to resume duties after the Easter holiday.

The nationwide action is to be replicated across the states of the Federation.

However, Edo State judiciary workers are not observing the strike, slated to commence today, April 6th nationwide over non-implementation of financial autonomy of the Judiciary.

All court activities in Osun State have been grounded following an indefinite industrial action embarked on by members of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria.

The Strike was sanctioned by the National Executive of the union upon expiration of a 21-day ultimatum given to the government on full implementation of judicial autonomy in the country.

Led by its chairman, Mr Gbenga Eludire, the State executive of the Union was at the Federal High and State High Courts as well as the Industrial Court in Osogbo to effect the Industrial action.

Reacting on the development, Osun State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Femi Akande said the state government was ready to negotiate with the union, saying the Governor places premium on welfare of workers including members of the judiciary.

Mr Akande urged members of the public to bear with the government as efforts to resolve the issue through the national body of the union would be fast tracked.

Osaretin Emokpae/Wale Olokun

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