AKS JUDICIARY STAFF LAMENT POOR WELFARE, BEG INCREASE OF 2021 BUDGET

A’IBOM JUDICIARY STAFF LAMENT POOR WELFARE, BEG INCREASE OF 2021 BUDGET

Enwono-Abasi Elisha

Akwa Ibom staff under the Judiciary arm of Government has send a Save Our Soul call to the state Government to consider an upward review of the budgetary provision of the arm so as to give room for the improvement of staff welfare which seeks urgent attention.

This situation was disclosed to our reporter by a ranking member of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) Akwa Ibom branch, today.

According to the ranking member of the union who pleaded anonymity said, “the alleged short fall of the Akwa Ibom State Judiciary allocation by the State Government has affected the reduction of staff imprest from Head of Courts to directorates.”

The source also alleged that due to budget reduction of the Judiciary arm, there is poor funding of the Judiciary Service Commission which has affected the promotion of staff for 2020 .

“As at now, there is no vehicle for conveying of Judiciary staff to their respective courts of Jurisdiction to facilitate court administration at the Local Government levels and heads of directorate as before.

“The security challenge at Local Courts is worrisome due to inadequate manpower. Moreso, low staff motivation affects positive attitude towards work.”

It was also revealed that promotion does not come as when due and the backlog of delayed promotions has affected the official hierarchical function of the arm.

The issue of a senior staff being subjected to a junior staff in the administrative order has become a negative routine in the system which must be urgently addressed.

The source also stated that the alleged imprest reduction has not affected that of the Judges, Magistrates, D.R.O, Chairmen of Customary Court except the non-legal staff which he described as an injustice in the in the temple of Justice and pleaded that there should be an upward review of the 2021 budgetary provision of the Judiciary arm so that the lapses in the area of no imprest and poor welfare of staff will be addressed.

Meanwhile, a call has been placed on the Committee on Finance and Appropriation of the State Assembly to obliged to the plea of this arm of Government, especially the Judiciary Service Commission, when its budget will be presented for defence on the ongoing MDAs budget defence exercise.

Also the State Government has been urged to see that budgeted funds of the Judiciary Service Commission are released so that issues which concern welfare of staff could be addressed.

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