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JUSUN STRIKE: Normalcy returns to Lagos courts

Lagos State High Courts and Magistrate Courts would today return to normalcy following the branch of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) suspension of its four weeks old strike.

JUSUN noted that the suspension was the outcome of a meeting held between its executives and stakeholders in the Lagos State justice sector.

Confirming the suspension of the strike in Lagos, JUSUN’s Chairman, Mr Emmanuel Abioye, explained that the decision was taken in the interest of the state.

JUSUN embarked on strike on 3 January, 2015. While the Federal chapter of JUSUN called off its strike few days ago, Lagos State chapter voted to continue the strike action till the federal government implements a verdict of a Federal High court of 13 January, 2014.

According to the state Attorney General, Ade Ipaye: “Lagos State was already implementing the provisions on autonomy of the judiciary. At the meeting with JUSUN, we made it clear that Lagos State already had a Judiciary Self Accounting Law since 1995 which is being implemented to date with the judiciary getting its recurrent vote as first line charge on the Consolidated Revenue Fund once a month.

“We explained that capital fund cannot, however, be transferred monthly as it has to be accumulated and used for many projects programmed for simultaneous implementation. Besides projects are better managed by the Ministry of Works which was set up to serve all arms of government.”

Meantime, the five divisions of the Lagos State judiciary will reopen for business today after the suspension of a four-week work to rule embarked upon by judicial workers in the state.


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