Scores of members of staff at the Lagos State Judiciary have expressed their displeasure over what they term management’s intentional act to deprive them of payment of N10,000 (Ten thousands naira) being their allowances for the past five months.
According to the aggrieved officers, but for the love and passion they have for the workaholic and visionary Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, they would have embarked on an indefinite strike.
This development, Safari News reliably learnt was not unconnected with the Chief Justice’s alleged personal act of taking decisions and not carrying them along over major issues and policies as it relates to the Judiciary sector, the way it has been done over the years.
The staff however sounded a note of warning to the next regime of Chief Justice to learn from the expression of their grievances, saying the next CJ should be ready to face the Union as he/she may not get away with some of the things the present CJ has been doing which they claimed have not been in their interests.
Following our earlier publication on the rumblings in Ikeja Judiciary, we also gathered that a chunk of lawyers and judges have similarly frowned at the Chief Justice’s moves to allegedly shy away from inculcating Muslim programmes into the Service programme.
One of them who volunteered under anonymity quipped, “Is it only Christians that make up the State’s Judiciary? We have both Christians and Muslims that have served the sector and are still serving. We have seen in this year’s programme that no provision was made for any Muslim’s inclusion in the programme, except if it is changed the next minute. This aspect should not be over-looked or looked down upon”.
Specifically, we learnt that the Judiciary Head of Administration has always led the Muslim faithfuls in the sector to the Central Mosque at every Legal Year Service, which is said to be absent in this year’s line-up of programmes. They seem to be at a loss over what becomes of the Muslim faithfuls at this year’s event.
Also included in a series of grievances made available to Safari News was that the Honourable Justice should have used the resources she expends in travelling out of the country very often to see to the better welfare of the members of staff of the Judiciary. “Not even the executive Governor does travel out of the country as much as she does, we have details of all these”, they charged.