By Tonia Okereke
Abuja top lawyer, Mr. Kayode Ajulo has called the Federal Government to find a lasting solution to the issues that has led to strikes by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) in recent years.
Ajulo in his 2021 May Day message urged JUSUN to see strikes as the last resort, as the many strikes by different trade unions haven’t contributed much to the development of the country.
The statement read in part: “The Leadership of JUSUN should take a clue from the incessant strike action embarked upon by ASUU including other Trade Unions in Nigeria and its consequent implications.
“It must be noted that strike action is not the ultimate panacea to resolve disputes each has to be decided based on the circumstances surrounding it and parties involved as well that any action taken must be for the greater good for the people.
“The leadership of JUSUN is thus admonished to look inward and consider a more beneficial approach to ensure that their agitations are implemented by these erring governors and not allow same to inimically affect the fundamental rights of the Citizens and the confidence reposed in the judiciary by members of the society. Federal Government should also take the bull by horns, hence the need to deduct funds of other arms of government from the source in compliance with constitutional provisions”.
The prominent lawyer also advised President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently convene a national security summit as the feeling of safety among workers in different sectors is critical to keeping the country afloat. This is even as he warned that the high level of insecurity being recorded across the country will continue to impact the country’s economy negatively, a situation Nigeria can not afford with its already poor development indices.
“Unless radical reforms are undertaken to improve the efficiency and efficacy of the defence and security institutions, Nigeria’s socio-economic indicators will deteriorate with dire consequences for the corporate existence of the Nation. There is the need for government to be proactive in dealing with security issues and threats, through modern methods of intelligence gathering, and intelligence sharing, training, logistics, motivation, and deploying advanced technology in managing security challenges.
“Rather than calling for engagement of mercenaries and external support, President Buhari should look inward by engaging the services of prominent and meritorious retired public officers including military and paramilitary personnel. There’s urgent need for convocation of National Security Summit where out veterans expertise will be put to use to surmount the problem”, the statement further read.