Kano, Oyo courts shut down over JUSUN strike
Tiamiyu Saheed Oluwatosin
In compliance with the nationwide strike embarked upon by judiciary workers under the aegis of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), all courts in Kano and Oyo States have been shut down.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had on May 22, 2020, signed into law an Executive Order granting financial autonomy to the legislature and the judiciary across the 36 states of the federation.
The Executive Order made it mandatory for all states to include the allocations of both the legislature and the judiciary in the first-line charge of their budgets.
JUSUN on April 3 issued a circular ordering the closure of courts across the country from April 6, as a measure to ensure the implementation of the order.
The union declared an indefinite nationwide strike to press home their demand for financial autonomy of the judiciary.
The Chairman of JUSUN in Kano, Mr Mukhtar Rabiu-Lawan, told newsmen that there’s no going back.
“ We have begun the strike and all courts within the state have been shut,” Rabiu-Lawan said.
Also speaking, Mr Kayode Olusegun, the Chairman, JUSUN Oyo State Chapter, said there is no gong back on the action.
Olusegun expressed regrets that nothing positive had been done to the Executive Order granting financial autonomy to both the judiciary and the legislative arms of government which was signed by the President.
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