As the Nigerian Judicial Staff Union (JUSUN) industrial action enters its fifth week, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has decided to engage relevant stakeholders in the financial autonomy of the Judiciary.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) recalls that JUSUN, on April 6, embarked on a nationwide strike calling for the full implementation of the financial autonomy of the Judiciary.
As a direct consequence of the strike, the union ordered the closure of all entrances to court facilities in the country.
With the strike action now in its fifth week, the NBA leadership has urged all attorneys to be patient, promising to continually engage relevant stakeholders to ensure full compliance with the financial autonomy of the Judiciary.
In a statement signed by the NBA’s national publicity secretary, Dr. Rapulu Nduka, the association commended its members for standing firm in their pursuit of true independence from the judiciary and assured them of continued commitment.
“As you know, the Nigerian Judicial Personnel Union (JUSUN) strike has entered its fifth week; the implication of this is that our courts are closed, thus halting the activities of the third arm of government.
“Rest assured that the NBA leadership will continue to involve the various actors to ensure that the constitutional provisions that guarantee the financial autonomy of the judiciary are applied to the latter, as a precondition for suspending the strike.
“The NBA leadership commends the efforts of its Branches to stand firm and put pressure on the various state governments to obey the law in this regard; The different branches are urged not to give in in the interest of our democracy, ”he said.
He said the NBA leadership is no stranger to the financial strain on lawyers caused by the ongoing strike, and pleaded with members to be patient as the ongoing fight builds on the Association’s overriding mandate to promote the rule of law.