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We’re not against judicial autonomy – ODSG

By Adekola Afolabi

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Ondo State Government has declared that the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) is already meeting on the financial autonomy for state judiciary and that necessary frame work would be put in place to meet the demand of JUSUN.
The state Deputy Governor, Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa stated this on Thursday while addressing members of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Ondo State chapter, and Parliamentary Staff Association Of Nigeria (PASAN), supported by Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) who were at the Governor’s office on a peaceful protest to demand full autonomy for the judiciary.
The peaceful protest was also joined by the State Chairman of NLC, Comrade Sunday Adeleye.
Aiyedatiwa disclosed government was not against financial autonomy for the state judiciary.
His word: “Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) is currently discussing issues surrounding financial autonomy for the judiciary at the state level, and Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, a pride to the judicial profession is not averse to judicial autonomy but details and modalities need to be worked out by representatives of NGF, judiciary and the Federal Government”.
The Deputy Governor appealed to them to be patient as the needful will be done for the good of all.
It would be recalled that Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) on April 6 shut down courts across the country to press home for their demands.
Aiyedatiwa said the implementation of the Judiciary autonomy has to do with the agreement of the 36 State Governors with the view to fashioning a frame work that would give a response to their yearnings.
The Chairman of JUSUN in Ondo State, Afolabi Oluwafemi said the only means to press home their agitation is through peaceful protest, saying the meeting with the statutory authority over the strike ended abruptly.
“The people promised not to relent until their demands are met.”
Also Speaking, the Chairman of NLC, Sunday Adeleye noted that Ondo State should be a pace setter for other states in the implementation, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari had already signed an executive order to this effect.

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