By Simon Ebegbulem & Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—JUDICIAL Service Commission, JSC, Edo State, has ordered all staff of the state judiciary who have been on strike to report to work on May 18, or risk being sacked.
The warning came as Governor Adams Oshiomhole warned that he will not succumb to blackmail by the state branch of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, on their call for financial autonomy for the judiciary, adding that he will not surrender the authority of the state to employees who have chosen to use union actions to canvass non-union issues.
But state Chairman of JUSUN, Mr Uyi Ogieriakhi, in his reaction, said that the judicial workers will not be intimidated and would not return to work until there was a directive from their national headquarters since the strike was a national issue.
A statement by Mr. Isaac Sanu, Secretary to Edo State Service Commission in Benin, said that any staff who fails to report by the close of work on May 18, should consider himself/herself dismissed from service effective that date.
He assured returnee workers of adequate security, saying that nobody will be allowed to be molested by some persons with untoward behaviour.
Similarly, Oshiomhole, while swearing in the Judicial Service Commission at the Government House, said: “I want to publicly assure you that I am convinced that it is only reasonable and sensible for government to put in place a formular that will guarantee the independence of the judicial officers that he or she can perform his or her duties without fear of the executive and without being at the mercy of the executive.”