The Nasarawa State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged the Emir of Lafia, Alhaji Mustapha Agwai, to intervene in the strike of Judicial Staff Union (JUSUN) in the state. The NLC Chairman, Mr Abdullahi Adeka, who made the plea in Lafia on Wednesday, when the newly elected executive of the union visited the Emir in his Palace in Lafia.
Adeka said that the protracted industrial action embarked upon since 2014 had crippled access to fair and quick dispensation of justice as the courts had remained shut. He said that many awaiting trial inmates languish in various prisons across the state, while many civil cases had been put on hold to the detriment of the people. The NLC chairman said that negotiations between the government and the JUSUN had not yielded results, hence the persistence of the industrial action.
He, therefore, appealed to the royal father to wade into the impasse and broker a truce between the union and the government to end the strike. The Emir, Mustapha Agwai, while congratulating the new executives, urged them to work in harmony with the government in order to move the state forward. Agwai also charged them to prioritise the welfare of pensioners in the state in their quest to ensure better welfare for their members.
Meanwhile, the state Chairman of JUSUN, Mr Musa Jimoh, told newsmen that both parties agreed a month ago to end the crisis. Jimoh blamed the state government for the prolonged strike, which the government had blamed on lack of funds.