The meeting between the officials of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria and the Federal Government ended on a sour note as the workers walked out on the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.
Sources said that JUSUN took the decision with the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria after waiting over one and half hours for Ngige while the meeting could not start.
It was learnt that the labour leaders arrived for the meeting as early as 3 pm but the minister failed to appear after 90 minutes.
The visibly angry unionists, who chanted solidarity songs, shunned pleas by some ministry officials to bring them back,
Some of them were heard complaining that the minister had no regard for them.
When contacted, the National Treasurer of JUSUN, Jimoh Musa, confirmed the walkout in an interview with THE PUNCH.
He said, “Having waited for 1hr 30 mins, JUSUN and PASAN staged walked out. We did that after one and half hours of delay in starting the meeting.”
Musa said that contrary to the claim by Governor Kayode Fayemi that governors had a fruitful meeting with JUSUN, no meeting held.
Musa said on Monday, “It is not true and not to my knowledge. I know of a fact that they invited some Chief Judges and met with them. That is the information I gathered. But they have not come to the table to discuss with us.
“We have never met with them, we don’t know their faces. So, it is not true, they are so mischievous and I am surprised that leaders that we are supposed to emulate will come out and be speaking through all corners of their mouth, saying things that are not right. So, I don’t know what the younger ones should do.”
Credit: The PUNCH