Judicial Staff Strike: State Panel Meets, Reassures on End to Disputes

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The state panel on the resolution of Osun judicial industrial disputes has reaffirmed its readiness to resolve the industrial disputes within the judiciary within one week as directed by Gov Ademola Adeleke.

The panel chaired by the Secretary to the State Government, Hon Teslim Igbalaye Teslim, met for several hours on Monday and mapped out plans of action to resolve the disputes.

Members of the panel include the Attorney General of Osun State , Hon Jimi Bada, Esq; and five other members of the state executive council who are also legal practitioners.

The Attorney General briefed the meeting on the efforts of the Ministry of Justice to find solutions to the disputes, adding that “ it was a delicate incident as the executive arm is being circumspect on the.industrial action.

“The directive of Mr Governor was however a game changer. We are relating with all stakeholders to find amicable resolution. It is in the collective interest of all justice sector actors to find ways out”, he said.

Bada Esq said “we are already acting on resolution process, listing initial payments of withheld salaries of some judicial workers and the openness of the executive arm to support the payment of the outstanding wardrobe allowances

The panel Chairman, Hon Igbalaye affirmed that the committee has swung into action by reviewing the draft tripartite agreement between the judicial union,the head of judicial arm and the executive arm of government.

“We are happy to report that from the first meeting, we have made a lot of headway. We are also building on the great job already done by the national leadership of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria. We are resolved to ensure we implement the marching order of Mr Governor.

“I want to assure the public that there is no plan to interfere in the operations of the judiciary. Nobody is planning any mobile courts or any strange structures. We are sticking to the mandate of the committee which is to get the courts re-opened within seven days”, Hon Igabalaye was quoted as saying.

The SSG commends the patience of all actors within the judiciary , promising that “ the Governor has taken the bull by the horns to get the court up and running”

Mallam Olawale Rasheed,
Spokesperson to the State Governor

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