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JUSUN STRIKE: FG, Governors, Unions Signs Agreement To Implement Financial Autonomy

The Federal Government, FG, says the implementation of financial autonomy for the state legislature and judiciary will commence next week.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige made this known at the end of a conciliatory meeting to resolve the strike embarked upon by Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN and Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, PASAN.

Signing an agreement on the modalities and timelines for the commencement of full financial autonomy for the state judiciary and legislative arms of government, Dr Ngige noted that the Unions would call off their prolonged strike as soon as implementation begins.

The deal was brokered by the committee on the implementation of financial autonomy for the state legislature and judiciary arms of government.

Among the signatories to the document are Ekiti State Governor as Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum, Dr Kayode Fayemi, and the representatives of the unions, including Ngige who signed as a witness.

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According to the agreement, all states are required to pass and assent to the Funds Management Law and the state House of Assembly Service Commission Law as well as put in place implementation structures within a time-frame not exceeding 45 days from the date of signing the document.

Speaking on the development, the Special Assistant to the President on Niger-Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang commended Dr Ngige for the matured handling of the labour crisis in Kaduna and the resolution of the complex issues involved in the autonomy for the Legislature and Judiciary.

Senator Enang blamed the past administrations for turning blind eye to the autonomy of the legislature and the judiciary for 21 years, adding that the Governors had studied the document and were in agreement with it.

He clarified that the implementation would commence with the distribution of the April allocation from the Federation Account Allocation Committee, FAAC.

 

 

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Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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