From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, Kogi State Branch, has suspended its industrial action embarked upon in December, 2018.
The pronouncement was made through a communique issued at the end of the union’s emergency meeting held on Sunday, April, 28 in Lokoja, the state capital.
The communique titled “Suspension of Strike” and signed by Comrades Emmanuel Waniko and Sule Suberu, Chairman and Assistant Secretary respectively appreciated the “members for their patriotism, resilience and their absolute support to the course of this struggle for the past four months in the face of untold hardship.
It said that with various mediators, including the Kogi State Elders Forum, Traditional Rulers, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Jama’atu Nasir Islam and other Government Representative agents, and the National Judicial Council (NJC), the Union has resolved, among other things, as follows:
That the strike embarked upon on the 11th December, 2018 by Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Kogi State Branch, be suspended to give room for further deliberation.
That a committee be set up between the Executive and the Judiciary to work out the modalities for the payment of salary arrears.
JUSUN has considered the NJC as the apex body that regulates the conduct and administration of the Judiciary in Nigeria, and therefore has confidence in the Council that the matter has finally been put to rest.
Also, in consultation with other Sister Associations in the Kogi State Judiciary, i.e the Magistrates’ Association of Nigeria (MAN) and the Association of Inspectors and Area Court Judges (IAJA) are also in agreement with JUSUN.
Therefore, the strike is hereby suspended with effect from Monday, the 29th April, 2019.
Meanwhile the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN has urged Governor Bello o clear unpaid salaries and pensions
The Chairman of CAN in the state, Bishop John Ibenu, made the call in a statement made available to journalists in Lokoja at the weekend.
”We call on Kogi Government to do all it can to address the issue of staff salaries, pensions and gratuity, judiciary and other pressing issues to ameliorate the suffering of the people of the state.”
Ibenu, who is the Bishop of Chapel of Freedom Int’l Church, Lokoja, urged Christians to emulate the exemplary life of Jesus Christ “which is love, sacrifice and forgiveness for a better society’’.