The Senate on Monday, April 19, waded into the ongoing standoff between the government and JUSUN.
Courts are currently on lockdown due to industrial action by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) over the non-implementation of the law.
The Spokesperson of the Senate, Sen Bamidele Opeyemi, while speaking with journalists at the National Assembly called on state governments to implement the law.
“Nobody stands to lose anything by granting independence to judiciary at the state level since it has been done at the national level,” he said.
“We are hereby calling on the state governors to do the needful; because the independence of the JUSUN is non-negotiable.
“No democracy can survive without being founded on the rule of law and independent judiciary.”
The 8th Assembly passed the amendment to the Constitution that granted financial autonomy to the state judiciary; however, state governments are yet to implement the law, despite the executive order by President Muhammadu Buhari.