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Ondo judiciary workers end strike

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Activities in courts in Ondo State are expected to resume on Monday as striking workers have called off their strike.

The Chairman of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, in the state, Femi Ogunode, in a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday, said the union reached an agreement with the state government on the issues upon which the strike was called.

JUSUN had engaged the government on a long drawn battle over the financial independence of the judiciary, based on a subsisting court judgement.

It embarked on the strike on January 5 after the government refused to accede to the demand for compliance with the court judgement.

Mr. Ogunode said “the union and the state government signed a Memorandum of Understanding based on certain agreements and so the strike has been called off.”

A member of JUSUN, Christopher Ayebola expressed delight at the suspension of the strike, saying, “We are happy that after four months of being at home, the strike has been called off. I can tell you that I will be the first at work on Monday.”

Mr. Adesegun Oluwatuyi, a legal practitioner, described the end to the strike action as a good development, noting the provision of legal services to suspects in police custody could now resume.

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