The Federal Government has appealed to the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) to suspend its nationwide industrial action which has paralysed activities in courts across the country.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige made the appeal at a conciliation meeting between the Federal Government and the leadership of JUSUN.
He reminded the judicial workers that like doctors and nurses, they were on essential duties and should not go on strike, pointing out that the country cannot make progress economically and socially when the laws of the country are not enforced.
Dr Ngige who stated that the Executive Order 10 and its application, granting autonomy to the Judiciary which is topmost on the demand made by JUSUN would be tackled because it was a constitutional issue, however, appealed that the matter be handle with maturity.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Ngige therefore, urged the striking judicial workers to suspend the strike and resume work.
The President of JUSUN, Comrade Marwan Mustafa said they were guided by the constitution of the country in their action , stressing that democracy has to thrive on the Rule of Law.
Comrade Mustafa said Nigeria is a Federation and is guided by a constitution but noted that the particular provision of the constitution that grants financial autonomy to the judiciary has never been obeyed as much as it should be, particularly Section 21(3) and Section 81(3).
He maintained that Judicial workers have been patient enough having agitated for so long for the needful to be done and it is not done as politicians appeared not be interested in true independence of the judiciary in the current democratic era.
The meeting which was adjourned to reconvene on Thursday has the representatives of the Solicitor General of Nigeria, the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Eta Enang in attendance.