As the effects of the strike embarked upon by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) bite harder, the Ondo State branch of the union at the weekend tackled the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) over his comment on the industrial action.
The disagreement was sequel to a statement by the Attorney General that “little that are made within the Federation Account, the Ondo State Government has given to the judicial arm of government.”
However, JUSUN Ondo State branch in a statement signed by the chairman, Mr. Femi Ogunode said the statement portrayed as if judicial workers in the state have no reason to continue with the strike because government has complied with the subject of the strike.
JUSUN members nationwide embarked on strike over the failure of government to execute a judgment which directed that judiciary should be funded directly rather than piecemeal release of fund to the arm of government by the Ministry of Finance.
Ogunode said since the publication of the statement of the Ondo State Attorney General who is also the Chairman of the Body of Attorneys General to all the governors of the federation, the union had been inundated with requests for clarification and questions.
According to him, stakeholders had been asking them the rationale behind their refusal to call of their strike when government had released money to the judiciary.
The JUSUN chairman said the state branch of the union had no information to confirm the assertion of the state Attorney General.
“For the avoidance of doubt, JUSUN demand is in accordance with the recommendation of Mr. Eyitayo Jegede as the Chairman, Body of Attorneys General to all the governors of the federation that monies due to the judiciary be paid directly to them. We expect implementation of this recommendation from his state,” he said.
He said despite the perceived effects of the strike, implementation of the judgment remain sacrosanct before his members would resume work.