Governors Plead To Judicial Workers To End Strike
The Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) has appealed to striking members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) to return to work.
Sokoto Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, who is vice chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), made the appeal while fielding questions from State House Correspondents after a meeting with Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, in Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday.
Tambuwal had led members of the Technical Committee on the implementation of the autonomy of State Legislature and the Judiciary to the meeting.
JUSUN had embarked on nationwide industrial action over the non-implementation of financial autonomy for the judiciary, thereby paralysing court activities in states across the country.
“We have just finished talking to the speakers, and indeed the state judges, and the judiciary to continue to engage and the Minister of Labour is also engaging with the striking bodies to appeal to them, to appreciate the fact that we have made progress. They should call off the strike. We are appealing to them in the interest of this country, they should call off the strike,” he said.
Tambuwal said the technical committee raised on the matter had made reasonable progress on the implementation of financial autonomy to state judiciary and legislature, adding that the committee would meet again on Monday after receiving the final report of the committee.
“We have made reasonable progress and we have agreed, after receiving the final report of the technical committee to meet on Monday, because of the urgency of the matter, and finally, resolve whatever issues are there,” he said.
Asked the position of Governors on the demands of the judicial workers, Tambuwal said: “From the very beginning, during the 8th Assembly, under the leadership of Bukola Saraki and Speaker Dogara, the Governors Forum under Abdulaziz Yari then, met with them and supported the financial autonomy for the state legislature and the judiciary.
“That is why with that support, we were able to achieve the passage of this amendment by the National Assembly and the state legislature across the country. So the governors are unequivocally in support of the autonomy of these institutions.”
Asked what the issues were if actually the Governors were willing to implement legislature and judicial financial autonomy in their states, Tambuwal said “I can assure you that all of us are committed to building institutions, particularly our parliaments and the judiciary, in our respective states.
“As governors, democratically elected, we will do whatever it takes to make sure that whatever issues there are, are resolved. As I told you before, some of it are constitutional and then matters that have to do with the constitution, you have to be sure of what you’re doing; that you’re actually following the Constitution,” he said.
On why President Muhammadu Buhari had to set up the implementation committee when the Governors were not opposed to the financial autonomy for legislature and judiciary, Tambuwal said he was not in any position to query the wisdom of the President on the matter.