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Minister urges judicial workers to suspend strike

The Federal Government has appealed to the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) to suspend its nationwide industrial action which has paralyzed activities in courts.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige made the appeal at a conciliation meeting between the Federal Government and the leadership of JUSUN.

He reminded the judicial workers that like doctors and nurses, they were on essential duties and should not go on strike.

The minister noted that the country cannot make progress economically and socially when the laws of the country are not enforced.

Dr Ngige said that the Executive Order 10 and its application, granting autonomy to the Judiciary, which is topmost on the demand made by JUSUN would be tackled because it was a constitutional issue.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Ngige urged the striking judicial workers to suspend the strike and resume work.

The President of JUSUN, Comrade Marwan Mustafa said they were guided by the constitution in their action, stressing that democracy has to thrive on the Rule of Law.

Comrade Mustafa said Nigeria is a Federation and is guided by a constitution with the provision of the constitution that grants financial autonomy to the judiciary has never been obeyed as much as it should be, particularly Section 21(3) and Section 81(3).

The Solicitor General of Nigeria of the Federation, the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Eta Enang were in attendance.

The meeting was adjourned to reconvene on Thursday.

Joseph Agi

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