Judiciary workers issue ultimatum to Nasarawa over salary deductions
The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), has issued a two-week ultimatum to the Nasarawa State Government to halt deductions of its members’ salaries in High Courts or risk industrial action.
A communiqué issued after an emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the union in Abuja, which contained the ultimatum, the union also described the sacking and subsequent reinstatement with stringent conditions of her 21 members by the state Judicial Service Commission (JSC), as unacceptable.
The communiqué, which was signed by JUSUN President, Marwan Adamu, and General Secretary, Isaiah Adetola, also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the full implementation of financial autonomy of states Judiciary in Nigeria.The NEC also raised a three-member committee headed by the National Legal Adviser of the union, Mahmud Amin, Saidu Magaji, National Assistant Secretary as the secretary, and Jimoh Musa Alonge, the National Treasurer as a members to interface with Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, to resolve the crisis facing the state judiciary.
The Committee, which is under the supervision of the National President, has the mandate to shut down the Nasarawa State Judiciary at the expiration of the two weeks ultimatum.
The communiqué reads in part: “The NEC-in-session commends the leadership of the organised labour in the country for successful conclusion of negotiation on the consequential adjustment of the national minimum wage and urges all state governors and other appropriate authorities to implement same.
“NEC-in-session calls on the President Muhammadu Buhari, to ensure the full implementation of the financial autonomy of the States Judiciary.
“NEC-in-session condemns and rejects the conditional reinstatement of our members by the Judicial Service Commission of Nasarawa State headed by the Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Suleiman Umaru Dikko. Despite the intervention of the executive Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi A. Sule, and the Emir of Lafia Muhammad, Dauda Sidi Bage I, further requests that the Chief Judge should not preside or take part in the JSC meetings whenever JUSUN matter is being discussed because he is an interested party in the matter.
“NEC in Session also condemns the omission and illegal deduction of salaries of JUSUN members in Sokoto State by the salary harmonisation committee set up by the Sokoto State Government, and therefore urge the state government to, as a matter of urgency, do the needful in order to avoid industrial disharmony in the state.”
“NEC-in-session also frowns at the unconstitutional dissolution of the Judicial Service Commission members in Cross River State and the inauguration of new members when the tenure of the dissolved members has not expired as they have served only less than two years.”