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S-East judiciary workers give condition to call off strike

By Enyim Enyim

ONITSHA—Judiciary workers in the South East zone have vowed not to return to work until Governors in the zone implement or enter into agreement with them to pay the Consolidated Judiciary Salary Structure, CONJUSS and scheme of service as provided in the 1999 constitution currently being paid by other states in the country.

This was contained in a communique in Awka, after an emergency meeting of the South East zone of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN.

The communique signed by the National Vice President, South East zone, who also doubles as the Enugu State chairman of the union, Mr Christian Okonkwo, Mr B.O. Mbanefo (chairman, Anambra), Mr P. Nnamani(National Legal Adviser), Mr L.C. Onuoha(chairman, Abia), C. U Chukwu(chairman, Ebonyi) and Imo State chairman, Mr Iyke Mirikwe, said their decision to continue with the strike followed the nonchalant attitude of the Governors in zone to the welfare of the judiciary workers.

“The zone resents the refusal of the South East Governors to implement the Consolidated Judiciary Salary Structure,  scheme of service, section 121(3) of the 1999 constitution and other demands of the union,” the communique said.

According to them, “we  note that 2/3 of the states in the federation have implemented or agreed to implement the CONJUSS and regret that not even one state from the South Eeast has implemented or agreed to implement the said demands of the union.”

The union urged the South East Governors to implement the CONJUSS as contained in the report forwarded to them by the Chief Justice of  Nigeria, as their colleagues in other states have done.

However, the union resolved that at the expiration of the ultimatum given by state branches in the zone, the affected branches should resume their suspended strike on or before March 1, if the state governments failed to implement the CONJUSS and other demands.


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