Kingsley Braide, Yenagoa
Judiciary workers in Bayelsa State today joined their counterparts to embark on an indefinite nationwide strike, to demand the financial autonomy for the judiciary.
Chairperson of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Bayelsa State chapter, Mrs. Selepreye Koin, led other members of the union to enforce the strike action.
Our correspondent who monitored the strike said members of the union went round shutting down the premises of the various courts in the state.
The JUSUN Chairperson explained that the development came, following the expiration of a 21 days ultimatum given to the federal government by the union.
Mrs. Koin further explained that the strike was necessitated by the failure of the federal government to implement a judgment of the Federal High Court, which granted financial autonomy to the judicial arm of government.
Also speaking, the Vice Chairman of JUSUN in the state, Comrade Temekori Dirikibamor, and Comrade Obalende Macaulay-Disafo, the Legal Adviser, harped on the benefits of being autonomous.
They stated that it will create room for independence and stability of that critical arm of government and will help their members facilitate their retirement benefits on time.