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Courts in Imo yet to resume sitting after suspension of JUSUN strike

By Victor Nwachukwu

Members of the Nigerian Judicial Staff Union (JUSUN), Imo branch, returned to work on Wednesday after the national strike was suspended for more than two months on Friday.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) correspondent, who has been monitoring the return to work in Owerri, the state capital, reports that workers have been seen in their offices exchanging jokes with each other.

However, hearings had not yet started in the courts visited.

In some of the courts in the municipal local government areas of Owerri North, Owerri West and Owerri, workers were busy cleaning their desks in preparation for the day’s activities.

In addition, occasional workers, including cleaners and gardeners, were busy tidying up the area, which was overgrown with weeds.

Security guards were also seen at their guard posts, which were locked up during the strike.

In separate interviews with NAN, some of the workers and lawyers said they were happy the strike was suspended to pave the way for a permanent resolution of the dispute.

A court clerk, who simply identified himself as Anthony, said the strike had done no good for either party.

“The issues at stake should have been resolved amicably between the Governors’ Forum and JUSUN, without the workers going on strike,” said Anthony.

In addition, Mr. Chinomso Chikaire, a lawyer, said courts can only resume their hearings on the express direction of the state’s chief justice, Judge Ijeoma Agugua.

He said that all cases brought to court during the strike period were waived, pending resumption of sessions.

“The workers have resumed. Cleaners and other workers are here and the offices are bustling with activity as you can see, ”he said. (NAA)

(NAN)

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