Attorneys in Anambra State on Monday blocked the gate of the federal government home, Awka, insisting that Governor, Willie Obiano should communicate on the continued strike by the Judiciary Workers Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).
The legal professionals, although few, represented all of the eight branches of NBA within the state and have been led to the protest by the chairman of the Nnewi Department of the NBA and the and chairman, committee of chairmen, Barr Kingsley Awuka.
The protesting legal professionals blocked the gate of the federal government home, refusing automobiles entry or exit from the federal government home whereas additionally inflicting lengthy visitors of automobiles inside and outside the state’s seat of energy.
Awuka mentioned, “We got here right here for a peaceable protest. Our goal is simply to drop a letter with the governor, to let him know we aren’t completely happy about his silence on the state of Judiciary within the state. We have now been right here for a very long time, and nobody is attending to us, that’s the reason we’re doing this.
“Anambra State branches of NBA are right here to demand monetary autonomy and independence of the judiciary from Governor Willie Obiano.
“All of the eight branches are represented right here, and the leaders of NBA within the state are conscious of this go to. We got here with a number of individuals so that it’s going to not appear as if we’re out to embarrass the federal government, as a result of we all know what occurred the final time all our members marched down right here.
“APGA (get together in energy) is a significant beneficiary within the court docket system, however go around the state and see our court docket and the way dilapidated they’re. Judges sit with out being effectively dressed as a result of the courts are poorly ventilated.
“Obiano has the capability to do higher within the justice sector, he doesn’t have to have a look at different governors, as a result of we didn’t take a look at different governors earlier than voting him. We all know that the JUSUN strike is nationwide, however because it began, all now we have been listening to is Nigeria Governors Discussion board. We would like our governor to talk for himself, and inform is the state of issues right here,” Awuka mentioned.
The protesters have been later addressed by the Secretary to the State Authorities (SSG), Prof Solo Chukwulobelu, who additionally obtained the letter to the governor, promising to ship it.
He mentioned, “Thanks for this civilised protest. It is a nationwide matter. We have now a system right here, which the state and the judiciary used to share allocation and it’s what’s obtained that’s shared and never what’s budgeted.
“What’s within the funds is barely a press release of intent, however what’s shared is a actuality, primarily based on what now we have at hand. The factors you could have raised usually are not new to the federal government and there’s an intention to repair them. The broader nature of monetary autonomy is a nationwide factor, and in Anambra, I can let you know that the Judiciary is impartial.
“I will likely be keen to have you ever individuals in my workplace sometime to indicate you what the state receives and the way it’s shared. It is sort of a mum or dad displaying his youngster his earnings in order that he won’t blame him for not shopping for him the issues he’s demanding,” Chukwulobelu assured.
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