The National Executive Committee, NEC, of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN has condemned the partial resumption of it’s Lagos State chapter describing the decision as a sabotage steps over collective interest.
The Director of Administration and Human Resources, of the state Judiciary, Mr Sanusi Kamal, relying on communiques signed by the JUSUN State Chairman Mr Kehinde Shobowale, had ordered workers to resume work yesterday, April 29, 2021.
JUSUN had on April 6 embarked on industrial action, shutting down courts across the nation, demanding judicial independence.
But JUSUN in Lagos State on Wednesday, April 28, announced that that it will partially resume work after the state government’s intervention.
In a swift reaction to the development, when the national body got the wind of the decision, the NEC converged and agreed to shut down all courts in Lagos.
A top national officer, Jimoh Musa who gave an insights of the NEC emergency meeting stated that the national body disagreed with the partial resumption.
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He said: “Last week it happened like that. | had to travel to Lagos to make sure that the place was locked up. Surprisingly, we were called that the same thing was happening there again.
“We don’t know what is wrong with that (Lagos) chairman; he doesn’t have the capacity to do that. It is a NEC (National Executive Committee) decision. He alone cannot sit in Lagos and take that decision.
“Whatever the pressure is, he is supposed to come to the national body. NEC will sit and he will table his issues. If approved, fine.
“But as I’m speaking to you now, we’ve just finished a meeting. We have resolved that Lagos must be shut down, if truly it is open today.
“We have delegated some people to go there (Lagos) and all the Southwest JUSUN will be against Lagos; that place must be shut down.
This is our decision. It must be shut down.
Last week, two Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), Messrs Femi Falana and Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, had condemned the announcement by the Lagos Chapter of Judiciary Staff of Nigeria (JUSUN) to partially reopened courts.
They noted that the federal government is in compliance with financial autonomy even more than Lagos State, yet federal workers are on solidarity strike.
Other stakeholders who condemned the partial resumption stated that the constitution is clear about separation of powers between the three arms of government, arguing that the Executives can’t continue to enslave the Judiciary.