Vanguard (Lagos)

7 February 2013

Nigeria: Imo Govt Slams Judiciary Workers Over Strike

Owerri — Imo State government has described the indefinite industrial action called by the leadership of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, as an embarrassment and politically motivated.

The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Soronnadi Njoku, stated this while addressing newsmen in Owerri.

"Government is embarrassed by the action. First of all, there has not been any trade dispute between government and the Union.

"The Union has not given government any ntice of their intention to embark on industrial action. There is no ground for them to have shut the doors of all the courts in Imo State," Njoku said.

According to the commissioner, government is bothered because the judicial panel of inquiry set up to investigate the activities of previous government were supposed t commence sitting same day the workers went on strike.

"So, government is studying to ascertain if there s any link between the sudden action of JUSUN and public hearing of the panels. Government is interested to know if it is coincidental or orchestrated to frustrate the sitting of the panels," Njoku said.

The Attorney General denied that there was anywhere government agreed to adjust the salaries of judiciary workers.

He said: "What they are asking for will amount to a situation where the salary of a deputy director in the judiciary will be higher than that of the State Head of Service. They should bring the salary scale in other states so that government can compare."

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