Awka—THE Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has waded into the face-off between the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, and the Anambra State government over non-implementation of the Consolidated Judiciary Salary Structure, CONJUSS, which has led to indefinite strike by the workers.
The chairman of Idemili branch of NBA, Mr. Benjamin Okoko, in a statement in Awka, also dissociated NBA from a statement credited to the provost of Idemili branch of NBA, Mr. Pat Okolo on the strike issue, saying that the said statement did not get the approval of NBA.
Okolo, however, commended the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Peter Umeadi in his efforts aimed at alleviating the suffering of the masses, especially the litigants.
He recalled that the state government entered into an agreement with the leadership of JUSUN in 2011 on the contentious issue of CONJUSS and urged the government to look into the matter because government is a continuum.
Vanguard recalls that following the strike by JUSUN, the state government set up mobile courts to decongest the mounting cases in the various courts and detainees in prisons and police cells.
The courts, which took off last week, operate in Onitsha, Awka and Nnewi and are being presided by the administrative magistrates of the zones.