The Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Adamawa State chapter, has called on the Adamawa State Government to pay the outstanding salary arrears of its judiciary members of staff in line with the terms of agreement reached between the two parties which culminated in the suspension of a six-month strike this week.
Mr Abubakar Babakano, Adamawa State NBA Chairman, made the call in an interview with newsmen in Yola on Thursday.
According to Babakano, the suspension of the strike is a welcome development and government must, therefore, do everything possible to avoid reoccurrence by ensuring the immediate commencement of payment of the salaries owed the aggrieved workers.
The NBA Chairman also noted that this would go a long way in avoiding the truncating of justice delivery in the state, especially after members of the bar had endured agonizing six months of idleness.
Babakano said: “I want to urge government to deliver on its commitment to judicial staff so that we don’t go back to another strike.
“The strike adversely affected our members and justice delivery; the court is our major source of revenue and because of the strike many could not practice.”
Babakano stressed that with the resumption of court activities, the judiciary members of staff needed to work extra hard to meet up with pending cases.
It would be recalled that the state judiciary workers, like in many states across the country under the aegis of Judiciary Workers Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) had embarked on industrial action since January.
JUSUN had directed its members to down tools following the refusal of the state governments to comply with a January 2014 Federal High Court judgment which granted financial autonomy to the judiciary arm of government.
While some state and federal judiciary workers had since called off their strike, Adamawa JUSUN suspended theirs on Tuesday following an agreement reached with the state government.