A non-governmental organisation, ‘The Integrity Friends for Truth and Peace Initiative’ (TIFPI) has said the Federal Government was not addressing issues raised by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) and the Parliamentary Workers Union.
The two bodies have been striking and protesting to press home their demands.
A statement on Monday by the Executive Director of TIFPI, Mr. Livingstone Wechie, expressed concern over the nationwide strike and protests of the unionists, saying the issues ought to have been addressed by the government.
The statement which was made available to DAILY POST in Abuja on Monday read: “TIFPI holds that although the strikes and protests are constitutionally justified and morally apt, it appears that those in whose powers it is to do the needful have chosen to ignore and care less about the reason for the strikes and protests or its implications on the public and governance.
TIFPI pointed out the justification of JUSUN agitating for financial independence, noting that the Judiciary has been compromised by the political elites and the only way to wriggle the judiciary out of the logjam was to grant it financial autonomy.
According to the group, average litigants who approach courts have scepticism of whether justice would be served as a result of a compromise that has cast a slur on the system.
“As for the Judiciary which has been seriously compromised by the political elites and gravely infested with corruption in a manner that wanes the confidence of the litigating public ostensibly, it is important that its financial and administrative independence be truly enforced.
“This will help curb the level of executive interference and manipulation it is subjected to.
“The constitution is very unambiguous in providing that monies meant for the Judiciary should be paid directly from the consolidated revenue funds and nothing less is deserving in the circumstance except to add that the budget of the Judiciary should come separately and distinct from the Judicial Service Commission both of the federation and States to the legislature among others.”