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By Chinyere Omeire Some Lagos-based lawyers have called the suspension of the 64-day strike by the Nigerian Judicial Staff Union (JUSUN) laudable. Lawyers told the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) in interviews in Lagos on Wednesday that the strike had crippled the administration of justice. NAN reports that JUSUN suspended the national strike on Wednesday during a meeting of its National Executive Committee (NEC) in Abuja on Wednesday.

Union members went on strike on April 6 to assert their demand for the full implementation of financial autonomy for the judicial branch of government.

The strike is the longest industrial action ever recorded by the Nigerian courts.

JUSUN went on strike in January 2015 for the same reason, but it lasted two weeks.

The union announced the suspension of the latest strike in a statement issued after the NEC meeting on Wednesday.

He cited the intervention of the National Judicial Council and other stakeholders to reach the decision to suspend the strike.

NAN reports that JUSUN in an April 1 circular ordered a strike to force state governments to comply with the Constitution, court rulings and other instruments that conferred or reaffirmed the financial autonomy of Justice.

In the statement, the NEC commended the Federation Chief Justice and all court heads for their patience and understanding throughout the period of the industrial action.

The NEC condemned the withholding of salaries for judicial workers by some state governors for going on strike.

He urged governors to do what is necessary.

The press release was signed by the vice-president of JUSUN, Mr. Emmanuel Abioye, and the secretary general, Mr. IM Adetola.

Reacting to the suspension of the strike, Mr Chibuikem Opara, an attorney for the law firm Justification, Ikeja, said that JUSUN had made a statement supporting the strike for two months.

“I think it’s the right thing to do to call off the strike after you’ve achieved your goals.

This strike should teach every Nigerian a big lessonOpara said. Also reacting, Mr. Ademola Owolabi, senior partner, Owolabi Chambers, praised JUSUN for suspending the strike. “The indefinite strike is dangerous, debilitating and counterproductive.” The strike has crippled the citizens of challenge some odious policies. “Conversely, it straightened the state’s hand as the tribunal was not allowed to play its role of arbiter between the governed and the government,” Owolabi said. However, Mr. Bayo Akinlade, former president of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikorodu branch in Lagos State, said: “It is premature to suspend the strike given that we have reached this point.” JUSUN should have held on. ”

(NAN)

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