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Some lawyers and litigants in Ogun State on Wednesday were stranded when the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria Ogun State branch embarked on an indefinite strike over alleged short payment of salary by the state government.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the state courts were under lock as litigants and lawyers were unable to gain entrance into the court premises.
The state JUSUN Chairman, Mr Edun Tajudeen, who spoke with newsmen in Abeokuta on Wednesday, said that the strike was in compliance with National secretariat directive to commerce the strike on Aug.11.
Tajudeen noted that they took the decision to embark on strike after they had held series of meeting with representative of the state government, which ended in deadlock.
He added that the union had noticed the shortage in the salaries of judiciary workers since October.
He said “it’s been a long time that we have been on the issue, and there were series of meeting, that is why we asked all members of the Judiciary staff to sit at home until when our request is granted.
“This strike we are embarking is indefinite strike, because on Feb. 24 there was an ultimatum given to the government for the payment of full salary before the nation wide strike on autonomy commerced.
“And after the strike the meeting continues with the government which is not yeilding any result.”
The JUSUN chairman, however , appealed to the state government to look into the request and do the needful, saying that it was a request that could be easily done because the staff strength was not much.