By Akwashiki M. Abiola
The Organised Labour in Nasarawa State have writing to Governor Abdullahi Sule to recommend for suspension of the Chief Judge of the State Justice Sulaiman Dikko for an alleged continuing deductions of salaries of members of JUSUN in High Court, Lafia.
The movement arrising from her meeting dated November 5th 2019, said the suspension of Justice Dikko as the chairman of State Judicial Service Commission (JSC) would give room for a high panel of committee to investigate the root course of the dispute.
The also asked the state Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to withdraw the stringent conditions given to the affected workers for their reinstatement in the spirit of dialogue into the matter.
The letter which was jointly signed by NLC Chairman Comrades Yusuf Sarki Iya, his TUC and Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) counterparts Mohammed Umar Doma, Jacob Kaura as well as Secretaries of both NLC, TUC and JNC Comrades Oyishoma Joshua, Miri Gonam and Shawulu Tammah urged the Governor to ensure such committee submit her report on or before the expiration of 14 days ultimatum issued by JUSUN.
JUSUN on Saturday 3rd November 2019 after her National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja issued a 14 – day Ultimatum to the Governor to crisis resolve the issues within two weeks or face total shut down of court activities in the state.
The Organised Labour however told the Governnor that workers in Nasarawa State would go on a solidarity strike with JUSUN should nothing is done before the expiration of Ultimatum given by Judiciary workers.
The letter reads in part “The Organized Labour watched with dismay the way and manner the issue has been handled and discovered that injustice has manifested clearly even though the union leaders have shown remorse of an offence that was not commmed by them by involving prominent personalities to plea with the Chief Judge
“Among these prominent members Your Excellency, you had intervened through the plea from the National President of Nigeria Labour Congress and the National Presudent of JUSUN who paid a courtesy visit to you on the matter.
“Equally, the Emlr of Lafia HRH Hon. Justice Sidi Bage Muhammed 1 JSC and his colleagues both at the Natlonal and State levels pleaded too hoping that the Issue would have been resolved and these members brought back, but to no avail.
“In view of the letter of ultimatum issued by JUSUN on the harsh conditional reinstatement which is not acceptable by the union, the Organised Labour raising from Its State Executive Council meeting held at the Labour House dated November 5th 2019, having discussed extensively the manner the Chief Judge Hon Justnce Suleiman Umaru Dikko handled the matter wtth laxity and had allow the Issue deterioted to the level of issuing an Ultimatum, resolved to intimate the Governor on the need to further Intervene as a matter of urgency.
“That the Judicial Service Commission Servtce Commission should withdraw the stringent condition of reinstatement of the affected staff.
That the Chief Judge cannot decide and be a judge over the matter that affects him . therefore. we suggest a Powerful High Committee of enquiry be set-up to unfoId the remote course of this lingered crisis between the Chief Judge and the union. The Committee Should submits its report on or before the exptranon date of the Ultimatum.
“Your Excellency to avoid any industrial disharmony, we call for your prompt action or WE ARE NOT GUARANTEEING you of any INDUSTRIAL HARMONY. should the 14-DAYS ULTIMATUM Issued by the JUSUN expire.
“we shall have no options than to SHUT DOWN the entire State in solidarity with the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN)”.