Some sections of Lagos State judiciary workers on Thursday commenced a partial resumption of work amid the ongoing nationwide strike by their counterparts in other parts of the country.
But PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the national leadership of the body of all judiciary workers, the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has immediately activated counter-moves to restore a total compliance with the ongoing strike in the state.
JUSUN members across the country had on April 6 embarked on the nationwide strike, shutting down all courts across the country, to press home their demand for financial autonomy for the third arm of government.
But the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some sections of the Lagos State judiciary workers partially resumed work on Thursday with a plan to work for three days and observe the strike in the rest of the two workdays of every week.
PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the part-reopening of the courts followed a directive by the Director, Administration and Human Resources, Lagos State judiciary, Kamal Sanusi, ordering the workers to be at work on Wednesdays to Fridays, and stay at home on Mondays and Tuesday of every week, in partial suspension of the nationwide strike in the state.
The directive echoes the plan for partial suspension of the strike earlier announced by the chair of JUSUN in Lagos State, Shobowale Kehinde, who claimed government and judiciary authorities were at the verge of meeting his members’ “auxiliary demands” in the state.
But following the objection of the national leadership of JUSUN to the plan, Mr Kehinde, later backtracked , saying it was a mere proposal by the Lagos State government and required the approval of the union’s national body.
But some court officials who spoke with NAN said they resumed duties on Thursday on the directive of Lagos State JUSUN.