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Join JUSUN Strike Now, Kokori Tells NLC, TUC, Others

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The former General Secretary of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Chief Frank Kokori, has called on the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and, by extension, NUPENG and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSEN) to immediately join the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) in their struggle to get fiscal independence for the Judiciary.

Judiciary workers have been on strike for over two weeks over the refusal of the state governors to accord full financial autonomy to the judicial arm of government at state level; a development that has led to the shutdown of courts in the country.

In an interview, the former labour leader lambasted the governors for toying with the fiscal autonomy of the Judiciary, saying their action amounts to selfishness.

He questioned why the governors would be so adamant to grant fiscal independence to the Judiciary, even when such autonomy had been granted to the Judiciary a long time ago by the National Assembly.

He noted that the Judiciary was the bulwark of any democracy and should be free from the shackles of the Executive because if the Judiciary is not free, then citizens are not free in any democracy.

He stressed that until the real labour movement joined the JUSUN in its strike or sent a strong warning to the governors, they would not release the fiscal powers to the Judiciary; a development he said was killing democracy in Nigeria.

“The governors are selfish. They want to control the money meant for the Judiciary so as to control the judges. They have refused to release the money to the Judiciary and that is why JUSUN has been on strike. The entire courts in Nigeria have been shut down for over two weeks, yet the governors are still holding on to their control over the Judiciary, even when the National Assembly has given the judiciary fiscal independence”, Kokori said.

“Until the real labour movement joins JUSUN or gives a warning to the governors, they will not release the fiscal powers to the Judiciary. Today, you hear that a governor donates vehicles to the judges; is it his money? The money is supposed to go straight to the Judiciary. And the governors have been told to do that, but for many years, they have refused to do it. They are killing democracy in this country, and if the judiciary is not free, then we are not free in this democracy”.

 

 

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Northern Senators’ Forum Seeks Lasting Solutions To Insecurity

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Chairman of the Northern Senators’ Forum, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko, (APC-Sokoto) has called for lasting solutions to tackle the menace of insecurity in the country.
Wamakko made the call while briefing newsmen after the caucus’ closed-door session, held in Abuja, last Wednesday.
He said: “We must continue to find more solutions that can be applied to the security challenges.
“Of course, there are many ways of finding a solution. I know we are using the security outfit very well, but there are other ways of finding lasting solutions to the challenges, facing our country today.
“We are concerned as Nigerians and as northerners.
“This country has to be as free as possible, so that every Nigerian can move freely to do their normal businesses without any fear or security challenge, “he said.
He noted that at resumption on June 22, the forum would hold another meeting which would be aimed at strengthening the decisions taken so far.

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Reps Seek End To Abuses In Orphanages

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The House of Representatives has appealed to the Federal Government to end incessant abuses in orphanages across the country by the operators.
This followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. James Owolabi (APC-Lagos) at yesterday’s plenary in Abuja
Speaking on the motion, Owolabi said that many orphanages were not registered, making it impossible for the authorities to ascertain the actual number of children in their custody.
He said that the unregistered orphanages were also involved in illegal operations such as child trafficking and nocturnal abuse of children.
He said it was the responsibility of government to protect the lives and property of citizens including orphans.
The House therefore, urged the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to collaborate with relevant agencies of government towards ending the abuse.
It mandated the committee on Women Affairs to ensure compliance.

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Ganduje Restates Commitment To Community Policing In Kano

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Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reiterated his commitment to continue partnering with stakeholders in the security sector to ensure the state is safe and peaceful.
Ganduje made this known when the Nigeria Police Force Community Policing Agenda, appointed him as its National Patron.
In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Abba Anwar in Kano, Ganduje said:”we have community policing at the village, ward , local government, emirates levels.
“We chose 16 young people from each of the 44 local governments areas of the state for constabulary training,” he said.
Responding, the National Secretary of the association, Amb. Ibrahim Aboki said that the governor was nominated for his efforts in strengthening community policing.
“This is a man of honesty, integrity and philanthropy, the able and amiable dynamic leader and a ”Goal Getter:
“The security champion, we are presenting to you, an award and a letter as a National Patron.
“We duly acknowledge your role in pioneering, promoting and consolidating all security formations, security agencies and special constabularies,” he said.

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