Barely one month after judiciary workers in Rivers State went on strike following the crisis in the state judiciary, the national leadership of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria has called for the strike to be sustained.
Judiciary workers in the state had been on strike since June 10, 2014, even as JUSUN alleged that the state government had issued a letter suspending the release of fund for the judiciary overhead cost.
JUSUN National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kayode Igbarago, who spoke with newsmen in Port Harcourt on Monday, denied the allegation that the state leadership had been bought over by government.
Igbarago disclosed that the national leadership of JUSUN had decided to take over the strike issue, adding that the state officers of the body no longer had control over the matter.
Explaining that the congress followed due process before embarking on the strike, the JUSUN national publicity secretary, who made reference to the dispute between the Rivers State Government and the National Judicial Council over the appointment of a state chief judge, stated that it was not possible for the judiciary workers to serve two masters at the same time.
He said, “JUSUN has further endorsed the strike going on in Rivers State Judiciary because it followed a procedure of the constitution of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria and the strike as endorsed by the National Executive Council remains.
“The workers in the judiciary of Rivers State cannot serve two masters. The NJC has appointed a head; the Rivers State Government has appointed another head due to the amendment of the High Court Rules.
“It will interest you to know that the Rivers State Government also went the extent of, through the Judicial Service Commission, issuing a circular that anybody who takes instruction from the administrative judge stands the risk of being dismissed and salaries of these workers were withheld.
“We (JUSUN) are saying that we have a duty to protect the rights of our workers. Rivers State Government and the NJC should settle their differences before any judiciary worker will go to work.”
He, however, disclosed that the National Executive Council of JUSUN would meet on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, maintaining that the Rivers State judiciary crisis would be one of the agenda.
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