The Judiciary workers Union of Nigeria, (JUSUN), kogi state chapter has said that it is backing out of the proposed screening and biometric data capturing of it’s members by the Kogi State government.
Addressing Journalists in Lokoja on Monday, the Vice president of the Union, said the decision of the Union to back out of the said exercise was premised on the recent judgement of the Industrial Court which declared the exercise a nulity.
In his word “In our letter attached to the judgement which we gave to the SSG , our position had been made clear and the position was that in view of the judgement of the Industrial Court we can no longer participate in the pay parade or the data capturing because it is illegal , unconstitutional, null and void .
“We have never accepted to be screened, it has been our contention with the executive and we have been telling them that what they wanted to do is illegal and they have been coming up with all sort of allegations so that we can be provoked into accepting what they wanted to do.
“But the visit of the NJC in April suggested that if that is what they want us to do to be paid we should just accept in the interest of the judicial workers who have stayed for long without salaries.
*It is not true that we refused to present JUSUN members for the screening and data capturing of judicial staff as demanded by the executive arm of government in Kogi state .
“We were being pressurised into accepting what the state government want which is the table payment and data capturing , and to allow peace to prevail we decided that if all the allegations leveled against the judiciary is to be proved otherwise, let us give in to the table payment or the data capturing for them to actually know that we have nothing to hide or harbouring ghost workers as being insinuated by some people
He however said that they were in the process of the data capturing when the judgement from the National Industrial Court came, saying that the case was instituted against the state government in the month of March , 2019 and the judgement came on 3rd June , 2019 .
“The Order of the court declared the planned exercise a nullity and by that the earlier agreement had been frustrated because we can not join hand with the government to participate in an action declared illegal by a court of competent jurisdiction.
Speaking further he said, “that was why we told them that if they were in doubt with the content of the judgement, we served them a copy during our last meeting with SSG and her members . We expected them to read through and ask lawyers to advise them on the content of the judgement and get back to us because the meeting continues.
“The court has now made it clear and we have waited all these while to get the judgement and the court said it categorically that the executive have no business in the affairs of the staff of judiciary which was also contained in the constitution as spelt out by the principle of separation powers.
Meanwhile, the state government has declared its readiness to carry out biometric data capturing of the state judicial staff to enable them receive their backlog of salaries and other emoluments due to them.
The Secretary to Kogi State Government Dr Folashade Ayoade Arike who disclosed this at a press conference in Lokoja said she was shocked last week Friday when the Judicial committee who suppose to meet the executive committee to fashion out the modality for the biometric data capturing of the judicial staff came to the meeting with a letter that they can not participate in the already arranged exercise designed to capture them electronically for the purpose of paying them their salaries.
Arike who is the head of the executive committee further lamented that just last week she received a letter signed by the Chief Judge of the state Justice Nasiru Ajanah to the effect that the judiciary will fully participate in the biometric exercise.
According to her “I received a letter in my office last week dated 6th of June 2019 from the judicial committee informing me in the letter that they have been directed by the Chief Judge of the state Justice Nasiru Ajanah to fully participate in the biometric data capturing exercise in line with the previous agreement .Share this on WhatsApp