JUSUN, PASAN protest in Osogbo, insists on financial autonomy for judiciary
Tiamiyu Saheed Oluwatosin
The Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola has revealed that the state will implement the rule of law concerning the implementation of Executive Order 10 on financial autonomy for both the judiciary and legislature in the state.
The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Benedict Alabi stated this in Osogbo when protesting members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) and Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) arrived at the state secretariat, Abere.
The Deputy Governor said the state government was committed to implementing whatever decision is taken on the autonomy of the Judiciary.
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He assured that the government will abide by its implementation in accordance with the law of the state.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Osun State Chapter of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Comrade Gbenga Eludire said the objective of the national protest embarked upon by the union was to strive for the independence of the nation’s Judiciary and to liberate it from the whims and caprices of the Executive arm of government.
Speaking with Press before the commencement of the protest, Eludire maintained that the protest is to compel the state government to do the needful and implement financial autonomy as espoused in Executive Order 10 as signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2020.
While encouraging members to be courageous, Eludire said they would protest to the Governor’s Office where they will express the JUSUN position that the strike will not stop until the state government acts on the autonomy of the judiciary.
According to him, “the president has signed Executive Order 10 into law but the state government has recklessly ignored it.
He explained that it is unfortunate that Nigeria is the only country where there is no separation of power between the three arms of government and the government is reminded by the citizens to apply the law,
A situation he said is both insulting and embarrassing.
Eludire insisted that in the case of non-compliance by the government, the union was ready to fight to the finish and will not call off the strike.
“I want to establish that this fight is not for only JUSUN but the whole of Nigeria.
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“The rule of law is too clear. There must be independence between the three arms of government and equality must be balanced so that Nigeria can move forward.
In the same vein, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in solidarity with JUSUN, said they were in support of the protest because it was aimed at pressing home the implementation of Section 1, Subsection 23 of Nigeria’s Constitution.
They added that the Judiciary should not be treated as a second class and their funds should not be kept with the other arms of government again.
Adekunle Adeshina Akeem PASAN chairman Osun, said the demands of the protesters included the full implementation of financial autonomy for the state legislature and Judiciary, the full compliance with Presidential Executive Order 10 of 2020 by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the implementation of the financial autonomy for the state legislature and Judiciary and the signing into law the Fund Management Committee Bill.
The JUSUN chairman also appreciated the membership of the different branches of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) for their solidarity in ensuring the full implementation of Judicial autonomy.
The protest kicked off from the premises of the Osun State High Court, Oke-Fia, Osogbo and continued to the Osun State Customary Court of Appeal Complex, Oke-Fia, the premises of the Federal High Court, Abere and the Governor’s Office, State Secretariat, Abere.
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