Kogi CJ Pleads with Judiciary Workers, Urges Gov. Bello to Honour Agreements
The Chief Judge of Kogi state, Justice Nasiru Ajanah, has appealed to the state’s branch of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) to sheath their sword just as he urged the Governor of the state, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, to honour agreements reached with peace-brokers who have intervened in the judiciary-executive faceoff recently.
The Chief Judge made the appeal in Lokoja Tuesday when he received the report of the meeting held between the Judicial Service Commission and the consultant appointed by the executive to join with the JSC on the conduct of the biometric data capturing of judiciary workers in the state.
He pleaded with JUSUN when told of the position held by the union during the course of the two-day meeting held at the conference room of the judiciary headquarters in Lokoja.
JUSUN had insisted that judiciary workers in the state would not participate in the biometric data capturing exercise until all the outstanding 11 months salaries of its members were cleared or the sum of N1.5 billion owed the judiciary that the National Industrial Court ordered the executive to pay was paid.
Addressing the union, the CJ said: “Please recall that this crisis has caused the intervention of two notable national organs whose views and advices must be taken seriously in this country.
“They are the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Progressives Governors’ Forum. I appreciate that after the visit made by a subcommittee of the NJC, you heeded their advice to suspend your strike even when you were still been owed and knew not when you will be paid.
“Secondly, we arrived at this juncture by virtue of the intervention of the delegation of the Progressives Governors’ Forum led by its Chairman, His Excellency, Alhaji Abubakar Bagudu, the Governor of Kebbi State.
“Other members of his delegation were their Excellences, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni, the Governor of Yobe State and Alhaji Abubakar Muhammed, the immediate past Governor of Bauchi State.
“We had assured these groups when they sued for peace that we were going to bend backwards to accommodate their views. You have already demonstrated that readiness by making yourselves a part of this deliberation. You should therefore not be seen as a clog in the wheel of the window of opportunity to achieve the main objective of your struggles, the payment of your outstanding salaries and emoluments” he cautioned.
On the judgment secured by the union and other matters between the union and the state government still pending in courts, Justice Ajanah stated that the union’s sensitivity to the plight of its members should be an overriding factor of consideration as advised by the NJC.
He said under no condition should the judiciary be seen indulging in illegality but would always lead in encouraging and advocating for the observation of rule of law.
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