The Nigerian Judicial Staff Union (JUSUN), a branch of Cross River State, accused the federation’s accountant general of failing to implement the provision of Decree 10 signed by President Buhari.
Decree 10 empowers the accountant general to deduct money intended for the judiciary from the account of the federation if the executive arms (governors) refuse to remit these sums to them.
Speaking to DAILY POST by telephone on Wednesday, JUSUN president, comrade of Cross River State branch Asanya Ebong, regretted the action of the accountant general by accusing him of prolonging the strike launched by the union .
“Article 121, paragraph 3 of the constitution stipulates that any money credited to the judiciary in the consolidated revenue fund must be paid directly to the head of the court, but the governors do not respect it and we have discussed this but the governors did not respect
“Since the governors did not respect this provision of the constitution, the president proposed decree 10 which states that any governor who violates article 121, paragraph 3, the accountant general must deduct this money from the account of the federation to the judiciary, but the accountant general refused to apply decree 10.
“The general accountant without recourse to anyone should deduct the money intended for the judiciary and hand it over to the judiciary. But the governors said it was illegal because the constitution does not allow anyone or the federal government to deduct money from the judiciary.
Comrade Ebong noted that the refusal of the governors to apply the provision of the constitution prompted the president to propose Decree 10 to compel the governors to comply with this article of the law.
He said the refusal to honor the decree is the reason the strike persists.
The president of JUSUN said: “We don’t have strong institutions, imagine where the federal government, through the president, orders the accountant general to deduct money from the state allowance to the judiciary, but the accountant general refuses to apply this order.
“If we had strong institutions, the accountant general should be fired, what he did is a serious fault, it is a slap in the face of the president because the order came from the president but the accountant general who is an employee of the president refuses to wear. his order. He shouldn’t be working, he’s supposed to be fired, ”he said.
“The strike is still ongoing and it is a resumed strike, not a new strike, the first strike took place immediately after the court ruling in 2014, there was a memorandum of understanding and we suspended the strike and ever since we have a dialogue even until the point that the executive arm of the government issued Decree 10.
“In a country where things work, such a person is supposed to be fired, it shows the type of democracy we have in Nigeria and it is not based on the rule of law. There are some people who go beyond the law, what is practiced in Nigeria is not democracy, it is autocracy where the governors are made more powerful than the legislature and the judiciary and there is no checks and balances.
He advised the accountant general to respect the president and the decree and the National Assembly to enact a law that would punish anyone who does not obey the law, ”Ebong said.