The leadership of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) and Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN)in Oyo State says the strike continues until their demands are met.
Recall that on April 6, the Judiciary workers embarked on an indefinite nationwide strike demanding an enforcement of Constitutional provisions and court judgments granting financial autonomy to the Judiciary at both the State and Federal levels.
JUSUN and PASAN, made this known during a peaceful protest jointly organised yesterday in Ibadan, Oyo State, to further press their demands and carrying placards with various inscriptions.
The Oyo State JUSUN Chairman, Kayode Martins, said the financial autonomy being requested would enable the judiciary to function effectively without any interference from the executive arm.
Martins said the autonomy would ensure checks and balances among the arms of government and democracy would have its stronghold in Nigeria.
He called on the State governors to uphold the Constitution and do the right thing by granting their autonomy.
In his address, the Oyo State PASAN Chairman, Yemi Alade, said the association wants the agreement reached with the governors to be documented, adding that the strike would continue until their demands on financial autonomy are met.
The Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ibadan branch, Mrs. Delayo Orieku, also said what the Legislature and Judiciary are fighting for are their constitutional rights.
Recall that a verdict of the Federal High Court in Abuja had, in January 2014, held that financial autonomy for the judiciary is a constitutional provision that must be complied with by the executive branch of government.
On May 23, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari signed into law the Executive Order to grant financial autonomy to the Legislature and the Judiciary across the 36 States of the country. The Order also mandates the Accountant-General of the Federation to deduct from source any amount due to States’ legislatures and judiciaries from the monthly allocation to each State for the States that refuse to grant such autonomy.
The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) said they will start implementing financial autonomy for the judiciary latest by May ending and called on the striking members to call-off their two weeks’ old strike.