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JUSUN rejects govs’ May time-line for financial autonomy

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MEMBERS of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) have disagreed with the governors’ proposal to commence implementation of financial autonomy for the judiciary in next month.

  National Treasurer of JUSUN, Jimoh Musa, made the union’s stand known in an interview with newsmen on the issue.

  According to him, the union had not met with the governors and so there is no basis to accept what has not been offered to the striking workers.

  “I know they invited some Chief Judges and met with them, but they have not come to table to discuss with us. We have never met with them, we don’t know their faces. So they are mischievous and I am surprised that leaders that we are supposed to emulate will come, saying things that are not right. We are meeting again tomorrow (Tuesday) with the Minister of Labour and I have been told that they are sending a representative, may be the DG of Nigerian Governors Forum. But until this moment, we have not met with them, even for one day. They have never called us as JUSUN to discuss with us. Let’s us sit down and discuss this thing, it is a constitutional matter and we can resolve this thing,” he said.

  JUSUN spoke just few hours after Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum, Kayode Fayemi, had said the state governors and other stakeholders reached an agreement on the implementation of financial autonomy for state legislature and judiciary.

  Although he did not disclose the details of the agreement reached, he assured the nation that the implementation would start in May.

  Fayemi disclosed this in an interview with State House correspondents after a meeting of the technical committee on the matter chaired by Chief of Staff to the President, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

  “We just emerged from a meeting with the Solicitor-General of the Federation, the representatives of the judiciary, the representatives of the Conference of Speakers, and House of Representatives. An agreement has been reached. First, the issue is about implementation. There has been no objection from governors on judicial and legislative autonomies. As a matter of fact, it would not have passed if governors were not in support in the first instance, in the state Assemblies. So, that issue has been fully and holistically addressed, but we don’t just want to agree to something on paper without working out the modalities for implementation. Thankfully, the meeting we have just emerged from, with the Chief of Staff to the President chairing, has worked out the modalities to the satisfaction of all parties,” the governor said.

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