07 April 2021 By Victoria Abah
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, has appealed to the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, to call off the ongoing strike.
The CJN made the appeal at a meeting with JUSUN in Abuja.
He said the meeting became necessary for both parties to explore ways to mitigate the impact of the strike on the Judiciary.
Justice Ibrahim Tanko also stressed the need for State Governments to implement the Executive Order No. 10 of 2020, which made it mandatory for all States to include the allocations of the legislature and the judiciary in the first-line charge of their budgets.
The National Treasurer of JUSUN, Mr Jimoh Musa, who led the delegation promised to table the fatherly advice of the CJN before the National Executive Council.
JUSUN had ordered its members across the federation to shut all courts to press home their demand for financial autonomy of the judiciary.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on May 22, 2020, signed into law an Executive Order that granted financial autonomy to the legislature and the judiciary across the 36 states of the federation.
The order also mandated the Accountant-General of the Federation to deduct from source, any amount due to state legislatures and judiciaries from the monthly allocation of states that refused to comply with the Executive Order.