Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige

The Federal Government has expressed optimism that the strike by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) and the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) will end soon.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, stated this after a conciliatory meeting between the Government negotiating team and the two unions in Abuja.

Dr Ngige said the Government side has made offers to the two unions for them to consult with their various National Executive Committees and revert back.

According to Dr Ngige, a lot of work went into the proposal given by the government side to the two unions which substantially addressed their demands for judicial and legislative autonomy in the 36 states of the country.

The Minister explained that the proposal was produced by the committee of the Government side, comprising the Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr Dayo Apata (SAN), the Secretary of the Presidential Committee for the Implementation of Judicial and Legislative Autonomy, Senator Ita Enang, representative of the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Director General of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF).

Ngige said the meeting has been adjourned with a view to enable JUSUN and PASAN take back the government proposal to their members in their National Executive Committees.

The Vice Chairman of JUSUN Comrade Emmanuel Abioye, and the National President of PASAN, Mohammed Usman promised to consult with their various organs before any decision to end the strike would be taken.