Judiciary workers are set to embark on an indefinite nationwide strike this Tuesday morning as they shut down the Supreme Court in Abuja, in line with their threat to press the financial autonomy for the judicial arm of government.
This development came as a defiance to the last minute appeal by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to the workers to shelve the industrial action, which they have been battling with since the pandemic COVID-19 hits the country last year.
The action taken by the union at the Supreme Court Tuesday morning is expected to be replicated across all Nigerian courts.
Workers of other two key judiciary institutions – the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) – which share the same premises with the Supreme Court are also affected.
Workers of both the NJC and the FJSC are part of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), the umbrella body of all judiciary workers at all levels in the nation, and are also bound by the strike declared by the union.
The court’s premises is located in the Three Arms Zone in Abuja, a neighborhood it shares with the Presidential Villa and the National Assembly Complex.
The circular signed by the union’s general secretary, I. M. Adetola, stated that the strike was necessitated by the failure of the federal and state governments to implement a judgement of the Federal High Court, which granted financial autonomy to the judicial arm of government.
“Therefore, as a result of the public holiday on April 5, 2021, the strike action has been postponed to Tuesday, April 6, 2021.