Why Nasarawa State Governor, Engr A.A.Sule Must Wade Into JUSUN 10 Months Old Strike
I will start by commending the fourth democratically elected Governor of Nasarawa State, Engr.Abdullahi Alhaji Sule for on his successful inauguration. As a concerned indigene of the “Home of Solid Minerals,” no amount of advice to your new Government is too small.
Your Excellency even before your inauguration I felt confused and I continued to sympathies with you looking critically at the quantum of challenges you inherited from your predecessor, the erstwhile governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura.
The uphill task ahead of your Government is to settle some impasse between the State Government and some Unions like the 10 months old strike embarked by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, Nasarawa State Chapter.
Sir, the prolonged strike has led to the congestion of prisons in Nasarawa State with the closure of courts, and if the not the effort made by your predecessor to divide JUSUN and connived with security agencies like Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps to stopped JUSUN from shutting down courts in the State.
We are aware of a court in Mararaba which was shut down by JUSUN while some Judges were chased away with canes, also in the same Mararaba the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, Nasarawa State Chapter hired a 911 truck to block the entrance of a court.
The nagging questions are, for how long do we continue with this hide and seek game?
There is the need for your administration to take a stringent measure to end the lacuna that portrays the State Government in a bad light among the comity of State.
JUSUN in Nasarawa State are accusing the Chief Judge, Justice Suleiman Umar Dikko of illegal deduction of their salary as well revising of their promotions.
This lead to an ugly experienced as members of JUSUN disrupted court session which the Chief Judge is preceding over, in spite of the intervention of the National President of the Union.
Comrade Marwan who pleaded with the Chief Judge to forgive his staff that verge into his courtroom to disrupt court sitting, the plea did not yield any fruitful results even with the formal apology letter written to Justice Suleiman Umar Dikko.
Now that the Emir of Lafia, Rtd.Justice Sidi Bage’s intervention also hit bricks wall after hours of mediation, Is high time you called the C.J to order, the settlement must be immediate looking at the conditions of Nasarawa prisons.
Is high time those seriously involved should shield their sword for the interest of innocent souls languishing in prison custody, those at the behest of our court should desist from personalizing the cacophony in JUSUN.
Despite the pleas, the twenty dismissed staff are yet to be reinstated while their salaries were also stopped without any prior regards to their families and defendants alike.
Your Excellency, during my findings, I discovered that one of the female staff and an exco member who dismissed was not part of the protest instead she was battling with an ailment but was also fingered amongst those that disrupted court session, impeccable sources confided to universalreportersng.com that the female staff was never part of the protest.
Is high time the Chief Judge should imbibe the spirit of forgiveness and the moral lessons learnt at the Holyland by considering Nasarawa Judiciary above individual interest.
It would be recalled that the State Governor, A A.Sule has waded into the ongoing imbroglio promising to end the prolonged strike by Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, Nasarawa State Chapter under the leadership of Comrade Jimoh Musa.
Another impasse that the State Governor should Wade into was the emergence of two Chairmen of the Nigeria Labour Congress.
It was a melodrama at the Shendam road Government House, Lafia during the visit of NLC President, Ayuba Wabba. The State Chairman of JUSUN, Jimoh Musa called on members of the Nigeria Labour Congress in the State to remain calm, resolute and committed.
According to JUSUN, “Our elected Chairman of NLC is Comrade Yusuf Sarki Iya, not Abdullahi Adeka”.
It could be recalled that in the last delegates conference held at Ibrahim Abacha Youth center, Lafia Iya polled 193 votes as against Adeka who polled 183 votes respectively.
The Chief Judge in most cases turned down the request of Journalists to balance their report.