The House of Representatives on Thursday called on the Federal Government to ensure quick resolution of the lingering industrial action embarked upon by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).
This followed the adoption of a motion by Rep Sergius Ogun (PDP, Edo) on the floor of the house.
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Ogun, while moving the motion, said the judiciary is “critical component of government”, with the responsibility of adjudication of disputes which helped in the smooth running and functioning of the state.
He said the closure of courts posed grave danger to the polity and was capable of exacerbating the current insecurity in the country.
Ogun said the strike had led to the overcrowding of police cells and correctional facilities across the country, adding that inmates were unable to go for trial or get bail due to the industrial action.
The House mandated the Committees on Labour, Employment and Productivity and Judiciary to interface with the Minister of Labour and Employment and the Attorney–General of the Federation on steps taken to address the matter.
It asked the committee to submit its report within four weeks for further legislative action.
Judicial workers under the auspices of JUSUN had on April 6 embarked on an indefinite strike, over the failure of government to implement financial autonomy for the judiciary