Chief Judge of Anambra State, Justice Peter Umeadi, has declared his support for the striking judiciary workers seeking the implementation of the Consolidated Judiciary Staff Salary, CONJUSS, in the state.
Umeadi expressed the support in his address at a ceremony to mark the commencement of the 2015/2016 legal year in Awka yesterday.
It would be recalled that the state chapter of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, had embarked upon the strike on Sept. 7 to press home their demand.
The Chief Judge stated that, “We have every reason to support JUSUN in their quest to achieve the long drawn and much debated issue of CONJUSS based emoluments.
“The demands of the state JUSUN are borne from agreements entered with Anambra government in 2011, which are legitimate, feasible and achievable.
“It is not correct to muddle issues with other interests when the CONJUSS which is backed by law and requisite regulations are raised.”
Umeadi further urged the state attorney-general, head of service and the state government to come to terms quickly with JUSUN on the issue.
He commended the state government for granting autonomy to the state judiciary and for appointing eight judges and 20 magistrates.
He also assured that the judicial arm will continue to collaborate with the executive arm for the progress of the state.
According to him, the Judiciary Service Commission was looking forward to sponsor a bill with the attorney-general and commissioner for Justice through the state Assembly for the appointment of revenue magistrates.
Umeadi explained that their sole duty would be to assist the state government in recovering taxes and revenue of different kinds due to it.
However, the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano expressed dissatisfaction with the condition of prisons in the state and promised to work closely with the judiciary to ensure that prisons in the state were decongested.
Obiano recalled that, “The other day, I visited Onitsha prison, out of 1, 400 inmates, 720 persons were awaiting trial.”
In a sermon to mark the event at St. Faith Anglican Church, Awka, yesterday, the Anglican Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Alex Ibezim, urged the judiciary to ensure that innocent citizens do not suffer injustice.

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