NBA president-elect, Olumide Apata. Photo: [email protected] Akpata
Ahead of the planned resumption of courts on Monday the 14th of June, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olumide Akpata has disclosed that a monitoring committee set up by the National Judicial Council (NJC) will address the concerns raised by JUSUN.
In a statement dated 9th of June, Mr. Akpata says, “the committee is to ensure that Governors do not renege from their financial and ancillary commitments which influenced JUSUN’s decision to suspend the strike.
According to the statement, the monitoring committee will be Chaired by a retired justice officer the Supreme Court, the Emir of Lafia, Nassarawa State, His Royal Highness, Justice Sidi Bage.
Other members of the committee are, the President of the National Industrial Court, Justice Benedict Kanyip, the Chief Judge of Abia State, Justice Onuoha Ogwe, the NBA President, and a Snr Advocate of Nigeria, Dr. Muiz Banire.
The NBA President also noted that after initial hesitation, the state governors on the 4th of June signed their part of the negotiated agreement with JUSUN which requires them to release funds to the Heads of Courts in their respective states before the strike can be called off.
In concluding, the statement says “while we express optimism never to read this path again…, the NBA will continue to engage with the state governors and JUSUN towards a holistic resolution of the issues that necessitated the industrial action in the first instance.
The strike which seeks the implementation of the financial autonomy of the judiciary began on the 6th of April and was in its 10th week before it was called off on Wed, the 9th of June.