Judges Threaten To Go On Strike Over Unpaid Dressing Allowance

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Customary court judges in Plateau State have threatened to embark on strike over the non-payment of nine-year outstanding dressing allowances.

Already, the judges, under the aegis of Sharia, Area and Customary Court Judges Association of Nigeria, Plateau State chapter, has issued Governor Simon Lalong a two-week ultimatum within which he should pay the allowances.

The Chairman of SACCJAN, Ayuba Danzel, and secretary, Frank Lojok, in the strike notice dated May 23, 2017, lamented the discrimination in the payment of dressing allowances which their counterparts in the Ministry of Justice had been enjoying.

The letter read, “We, the entire judges of the Lower Court Bench, do unanimously give 14-day ultimatum for the payment of our outstanding dressing allowances which have not been paid for about nine years.

“In the event where our demands are not met within the said 14 days, we shall be left with no other option than to down tools and commence on a strike till our demands are complied with. This is with effect from May 23, 2017.”

Danzel said although SACCJAN had consulted constituted authorities on the matter, no concrete step had been taken towards resolving the abnormalities.

According to him, the organisation is left with no alternative but to issue a 14-day ultimatum to notify the governor of their impending action.

The PUNCH reported that Plateau local government chairmen and councillors had been complaining about the lack of funds and the non-payment of their four-month salaries and allowances.

The17 LG secretariats of the state were recently deserted since there were no official activities happening.

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Source: Metro Lawyers

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