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Group urges JUSUN to call off strike

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Otteh                                                                            PHOTO: accesstojustice-ng.org

Justice Advocacy group, Access to Justice (AJ) has appealed to Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) to call off strike embarked upon to enforce compliance and implementation of the judgment it won declaring that the Judiciary was entitled to exercise financial autonomy over its budget.

The Group Executive Director, Joseph Otteh who disclosed this in a statement, urged JUSUN to consider the rights of Nigerians and even foreigners to courts and justice.

It would be recalled that, On January 5 2015, JUSUN had embarked upon a nationwide strike action to enforce compliance and implementation of the judgment it won declaring that the Judiciary was entitled to exercise financial autonomy over its budget.

The strike has been called off in a substantial number of states and at the federal level but still on-going in about 15 States.
The strike action, as JUSUN has said, will continue in those states where the governments have not given commitments to abide by the court judgment.

Otteh stated that courts have been shut and no activities are able to take place there following a lock-out enforced by the association.

He noted that the impact of the strike has been massive, and has had the most disproportionate effect on persons who are mostly “outsiders” to the policy making circuit and who exercise little or no influence over policy makers who alone can address the grievances being expressed by JUSUN in the sustained strike.

According to him, there will be considerable changes to the composition of the executive branch in a significant number of States where the strike is taking place soon. Newly elected Governors will be sworn into office in some of these States on May 29 2015, which is barely a month from this time.


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