JUSUN says no state ju­di­ciary en­joys fi­nan­cial au­ton­omy

Daily Trust - - LABOUR - By Fran­cis Okeke & John Chuks Azu

The Ju­di­ciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has de­bunked claims that the ju­di­ciary in two states, Nasarawa and Bayelsa have fi­nan­cial au­ton­omy.

A press state­ment signed by JUSUN Pres­i­dent Com­rade Mar­wan Mustapha Adamu de­cried claims by the Chair­man, Ilorin Branch of the Nigeria Bar As­so­ci­a­tion (NBA) Mr. Mobal­aji Ojibara who said that Nasarawa and Bayelsa states ju­di­ciary have fi­nan­cial au­ton­omy.

Adamu de­scribed the state­ment as un­true, warn­ing that such “un­con­firmed” state­ments, es­pe­cially from a le­gal prac­ti­tioner and chair­man of a re­spectable as­so­ci­a­tion like NBA, is ca­pa­ble of mis­lead­ing the pub­lic.

While call­ing on Nige­ri­ans to dis­re­gard the state­ment, he said the NBA chair­man should know bet­ter, rather than feed­ing the Nige­rian pub­lic with lies.

Ac­cord­ing to Adamu, the union is still fight­ing for fi­nan­cial in­de­pen­dence of the ju­di­ciary as con­tained in a court or­der of the Federal High Court Abuja, is­sued on Jan­uary 13th, 2014.

He stated that the union had ear­lier threat­ened to go on strike over the re­fusal of both the federal and state gov­ern­ments to im­ple­ment the court or­der, which clearly man­dated and com­pelled the govern­ment to com­ply with sec­tions 81(3) 121 (3) and 162 (9) of the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion (as amended), in the dis­burse­ment of funds to the Head of Courts.

How­ever, he added that a rec­on­cil­ia­tory meet­ing with all the stake­hold­ers is on­go­ing at the in­stance of the Min­is­ter of Labour and Pro­duc­tiv­ity Emeka Wogu with a view to pre­vail­ing on the govern­ment to obey the court rul­ing, which is yet to be im­ple­mented by any states, in­clud­ing Nasarawa and Bayelsa as er­ro­neously claimed by Mr. Ojibara.

Head of Civil Ser­vice of the Fed­er­a­tion Al­haji Bukar Goni Aji be­ing pre­sented with cas­sava bread by the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral Develpo­ment, Mrs. Ibukun Odu­sote at his of­fice in Abuja re­cently.

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