Financial Autonomy: CJN, NBA, Reps Ask Judiciary Workers to Shelve Planned Strike

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, and the leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) have begun moves to prevail on court workers nationwide to shelve their planned strike today.

The national headquarters of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) issued a statement last week, directing its members nationwide to begin an indefinite strike on April 6, 2021, “until the government complies with the provisions of the Constitution and other instruments which confer or re-emphasise the financial autonomy of the Judiciary”.

The Nation learnt yesterday that a meeting between the CJN and leaders of JUSUN had been scheduled for around 10 a.m today at the Supreme Court on the matter.

It was gathered that the meeting, which is at the instance of the CJN, is intended to afford him the opportunity to prevail on the workers to have a rethink on the matter.

Also, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) yesterday said it had opened talks with the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) on the need to shelve its planned indefinite national strike which begins today to avert nationwide court shutdown.

In a statement yesterday, NBA President Olumide Akpata said the association had reached out to the JUSUN leadership.

“The NBA has reached out to, and is discussing with JUSUN, on the prospects of reconsidering the strike action at this time, and will provide updates as discussions progress.”

Also, the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary, Onofiok Luke, yesterday urged JUSUN to shelve its planned strike.

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