The Chairman of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, Kaduna State chapter, Murtala Aminu, has commended judiciary workers in the state for their understanding and compliance with the ongoing industrial action by the union.
Aminu expressed the appreciation in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Friday.
He said the courts would remain closed until government complies with the order on financial autonomy of the judiciary.
The national leadership of the union in a circular dated April 1, 2021 ordered the closure of courts nationwide as from April 6.
The order followed the expiration of a 21-day ultimatum to the government to implement full financial autonomy of the judiciary.
Aminu said he was impressed with the compliance level, and urged judiciary workers to continue to adhere to every directive of the union.
NAN correspondent who went round some courts in Kaduna observed JUSUN officials at the entrance of various courts to monitor compliance.
NAN observed that the Federal High Court, Court of Appeal, Sharia, Customary Magistrate and High Courts in the state were locked.
The chairman said that the union was forced to go for strike following the refusal of governors to comply with the Executive Order signed by President Muhammadu Buhari granting financial autonomy to state legislature and judiciary.
“The autonomy we are fighting for is in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which makes the strike legal,” he said.
Aminu explained that President Muhammadu Buhari had on May 22, 2020 signed the Executive Order granting financial autonomy to the legislature and judiciary in the 36 states of the country.
He said: “Mr President issued Order 10 which categorically stated that whereas a state government refuse to remit what is due for the judiciary and State Assembly, the Attorney General of the Federation can.
“The Attorney General of the Federation as the chairman of that Committee on Implementation of Financial Autonomy should direct the Accountant-General to deduct the money from the source and pay that to state judiciary.
“The Executive Order No. 10 made it mandatory for all states to include the allocations of both the legislature and the judiciary in the first-line charge of their budgets in line with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
“The order also mandates the Accountant-General of the Federation to deduct from source amount due to the state legislatures and judiciaries from the monthly allocation to each state, in the case of states that refuse to implement the autonomy provision.”