President of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Mr Mustapha Adamu, has said the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation should be blamed for the failure of the Federal Government to
implement the judgment of the Federal High Court which stopped the Executive from holding on to fund meant for the judiciary.
In an interview with our correspondent, Adamu said that states' accountants-general had also frustrated the implementation of the judgment. He, however, commended the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity for making strenuous efforts to resolve the impasse between the union and the federal government.
He said: "Remember that this judgment was delivered in January 2014. Since then, government has engaged us in discussions for about 20 times. We entered MOU for seven times and government failed to, in particular let me be specific, the office of the Accountant General, refused to obey the court judgment. "There is an order directing him to deduct that money and pay to the National Judicial Council and he had failed to do this. "Also, all the state governors, through their accountants-general and commissioners for finance, who are all members of FACC, have equally contributed to bring us to where we are today.
"We have accommodated them, tolerated them, but since this is what they preferred, we have decided to give it to them as a new year gift."