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NBA says prolonged JUSUN strike affects justice system



NBA says prolonged JUSUN strike affects justice system

By Lucy Osuizigbo-Okechukwu
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Anambra branch, says the prolonged nationwide strike by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) is affecting the justice system.

Mr. Kingsley Awuka, chairman of the Eight Branch NBA Presidents Committee in Anambra, made the claim in a statement to Awka on Saturday.

The statement said the Governors’ Forum’s decision to suspend discussion and engagement of JUSUN was uncharitable, unpatriotic and completely unacceptable.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that JUSUN began an indefinite national strike on April 6 over the failure to implement constitutionally enshrined judicial financial autonomy.

President Muhammadu Buhari signed a decree granting financial autonomy to the judiciary and the Legislative Assembly in May 2020, after several unrest.

However, publication of the order was put on hold after Buhari met with governors, who later expressed concerns about its constitutionality.

He said: “ The justice sector in our country is gradually sliding into the hopeless destructive dungeon for its recovery.

“All the courts have been locked up with many cases pending. Time and space will not allow us to enumerate the inexhaustible perverse consequences of this horrible situation ”.

The committee urged the 36 state governors to start implementing judicial financial autonomy in the country.

“We particularly urge Governor Willie Obiano d’Anambra to ignore the Governors Forum decision and begin the implementation of judicial financial autonomy in the state.

The statement indicates that the committee fully supports JUSUN’s demands and will continue to support until demands are met. (NOPE)


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