RT HON. SERGIUS OGUN DEMANDS SPEEDY RESOLUTION OF LINGERING JUDICIARY WORKERS’ STRIKE
The Uncommon Lawmaker and Priceless Pride of Esan Land, Rt Hon. (Barr.) Deacon Sergius Oseasochie Ogun, Member, House of Representatives, Esan North-East/Esan South-East Federal Constituency of Edo State, has moved a motion to urge the federal government to ensure speedy resolution of the lingering strike action embarked upon by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).
It will be recalled that JUSUN had on 6th April 2021 embarked on an indefinite strike owing to the failure of the government to implement financial autonomy for the Judiciary in line with constitutional provisions and the judgement of the Federal High Court.
In his motion, Rt. Hon. Ogun noted that Section 4(2) (b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) provided that the National Assembly shall have the power to make laws for the peace, order and good government of the federation or any part thereof.
The vocal and versatile federal parliamentarian expressed concern that the strike, which has persisted for over a month, has paralyzed the functions, operations and activities of all courts in Nigeria, thereby shutting the door of justice against Nigerians.
“The Judiciary is a critical component of the government that is saddled with the responsibility of adjudication of disputes which facilitates the smooth running and functioning of the State and as such, the closure of courts portends grave danger to the polity and is capable of exacerbating the current security situation in the country”.he stated
Going further, Rt Hon. Ogun submitted that “the strike has contributed to the overcrowding of police cells and correctional facilities across the country as inmates are unable to go for trial or even get bail, as well as festering of disputes between private citizens as there is no judicial forum to submit their grievances for resolution”
Adopting the motion, the House of Representatives resolved to interface with key stakeholders to resolve the matter. To this end, the House mandated its Committees on Labour, Employment and Productivity, Judiciary and Federal Capital Territory, FCT to meet with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige and the Attorney–General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami to ascertain steps so far taken to address the matter.
The House also urged the federal and state governments to speedily intervene and resolve the lingering strike action.
It gave the committees two weeks within which to conclude the assignment and report back to the House for further legislative action
Team Sergius Ogun