By Akpeji Charles
Judicial activities in Taraba state would from the beginning of today midnight be brought to a standstill following the alleged refusal of the state government to desist from pilfering with the salaries and allowances of Law officials in the state.
The implementation of the indefinite strike, that would be embarked on by the aforementioned government staff as observed by Naija247 News, is that persons awaiting trials in various courts would continue to stay behind the wall as no lawyers or magistrates would appears in court pending when the strike is put off.
In a press statement signed and made available to our state correspondent by the leadership of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, Taraba state chapter, through the association chairman, James A. Ajojy and its secretary’ Tukur A. Taji, the association, according to the statement “has decided to embark on an indefinite strike in the affected ( Ministry of Justice) with effect from midnight Tuesday 28th February, 2017 till further notice.”
Sad that the government ” does not want to honour what is already an existing law” the aggrieved law officials vowed not to call off the strike pending when the government deemed it fit to meet their demands.
Before collectively agreeing to down their working tools by crippling judicial activities. The law officials as observed had earlier issued out several warning noticed to the government on the need to heed to the plights of the law officials of the State Ministry of Justice.
Among the demands which the state government have continued to shy away from is the restoration of the salaries and allowances of law officials in line with the harmonization law, No. 3 of 2005.
More to that, the need for the government to as a matter of urgency pay all arrears of salaries and allowances of the law officials that were illegally deducted from February 2016 to date as noticed by our reporter, also necessitates the strike action.
Apart from the general complaints of shortfalls in the salaries of civil servants in the state since the inception of the current administration under the leadership of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku, the administration as made known by the association, has indulged in the act of relegating the law officials to the background.
According to the association press statement ” this administration proceeded further to unilaterally slashed the salaries and allowances of law officers by more than 55% in gross violation of an existing law.”
Stating that the ” hardship, pain and misery brought upon these law officers and their independents for over eleven months now can be better imagined than experienced.
While some members of the law officers families were said to have been hurriedly ushered to the graveyard due to their inability to foot their medical bills, children and wards of these same law officers, as revealed by our findings, have as well been pushed out of the four walls of the classrooms for the inability of their parents ( the law officers) to pay their school fees.