Indications have emerged that the striking judiciary workers in Kwara state, who had been on strike since Feb. 20 to protest the reinstatement, by the Supreme Court, of the sacked Chief Judge, Justice Raliat Elelu-Habeeb, would resume work on Monday.
The Chief Judge, CJ, was sacked by the state government in Feb. 2009.
The decision followed the intervention of the state government, eminent retired judicial officers in the sate and the national secretariat of the Judiciary Workers Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).
Mrs Folake Laaro, Chairman JUSUN, Kwara state chapter while speaking with journalists after the peace parley initiated by the state government and the retired judicial officers in the state on Friday, said that their protest strike had no political undertone, but based on better welfare package for the staff.
She noted that they had been given assurance that their welfare and grievances would be looked into by the government.
According to her, the government delegation at the meeting was led by Mr Kamaldeen Ajibade, Kwara Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, while the elders team had the Supreme court retired jurist, Justice Sa’idu Kawu , Justice Mustapha Akanbi, former ICPC chairman and former Grand Khadi of the state, Justice Abdulkadir Orire and Justice Saka Yusuf.
She said : “In as much as we are not against the Supreme Court judgment and having great respect for our elders in the judiciary as well as the government intervention, we resolve to call off our protest strike against the reinstated Chief Judge, Justice Raliat Elelu-Habeeb and all members should resume work on Monday, March, 5.
“Our strike protest was neither politically motivated nor aimed to disrespect the Supreme Court judgment, instead, it’s aimed to protecting the judiciary and express our grievances as a union with the way Justice Elelu-Habeeb run the judiciary.” She added.
She expressed optimism that the union would work harmoniously with the CJ in the interest of peace and justice.