Lawyers in Anambra state on Friday threatened to embark on mass protest over the lingering strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).
The lawyers under the auspices of the Committee of Chairmen of the branches of NBA in the State expressed worry over the industrial action, issuing a 7-day ultimatum towards resolving the matter.
Addressing reporters in Awka, Chairman of Committee of Chairmen of the eight branches of NBA, Kingsley Awuka, described the decision of the Governors’ Forum to suspend discussion and engagement of JUSUN as uncharitable, unpatriotic and totally unacceptable.
He asked governor Willie Obiano to ignore the Governors’ Forum decision and quickly commence the implementation of the Constitutional provisions relating to the financial autonomy of the Judiciary in the State.
He said the Committee would be left with no option after expiration of the untimatum to join forces with JUSUN and mobilize the public and civil society organizations in protests to ensure compliance.
He said, “The attention of the Executive Governor is drawn to the rot and dilapidating state of infrastructure in the Anambra State Judiciary. Many High Courts, where Judges sit, are in dire straits.
“It has now become a regular practice in many courts in the State for judges and lawyers to un-robe due to the non-conducive and unbearable state of the environment where they sit.
“That the recent decision of the Governors’ Forum to suspend discussion and engagement of JUSUN with a view to addressing their demands until the return of Mr. President, who is currently abroad on medical vacation, is uncharitable, unpatriotic and totally unacceptable.
“The Committee urges the Executive Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, to ignore the decision of the Governors’ Forum and immediately commence the implementation the Constitutional provisions relating to the financial autonomy of the Judiciary in Anambra State.
“The Governor, in doing this, should keep in mind the peculiar time in which Anambra State finds itself now, and remember that the justice sector is needed more to be functional at this time in the State than in any other state of the Federation.”