From Yakubu Mustapha Minna
The Niger State Government has taken steps to avert threatened strike by the Magistrates and Sharia Court Judges just as a sum of N30m has been released by state government to pay for the ward robe allowances for judicial officers in the state.
Earlier, the Magistrates and Sharia Court Judges had threatened strike to paralysed the activities of the judicial system in the state, if government continue to be insensitive to their demands.
The government also in collaboration with the state Police Commissioner agreed that that security personnel would be given to the Magistrates and Sharia court judges.
The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Nasara Danmalam, made this disclosure when he addressed a meeting of Chairmen and Secretaries of the Nigerian Bar Association from the North Central Zone in Minna.
Magistrates and Sharia court judges had in a petition last week given the state government a 21 days ultimatum within which to improve the condition under which they worked or they would shun the courts indefinitely.
The ultimatum will expire on the 21st of this month.
He also disclosed that the ward robe allowances and security details to the judges and magistrates would be enjoyed from this week.
Danmalam, however, described the petition and ultimatum given the government as one of the challenges being faced by the ministry, noting that there was no justification for the action because the government had been attending to problems facing the judiciary promptly.
He said the issue of vehicle and other demands were already being addressed, expressing the hope that “ they will see the sincerity of government by not going on strike”.
He further told the meeting that the budget of the ministry had been increased tremendously since the administration came into power which had enabled the ministry to discharge its functions in a well dignified manner.
He disclosed that special courts are to be established to try suspects as one of the ways to decongest the prisons, adding that courts would commence sitting in Kontagora soonest.
In same vein, the State Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mohammed Ndayako, said the forum was organise to prepare the zone for the forthcoming national elections of the association and the Arewa lawyers meeting slated for Kaduna.
Ndayako said the zone would be presenting a candidate for the position of the Secretary General of the NBA.