The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria,(JUSUN) Anambra state chapter yesterday threatened to shut down the courts in the state next week if their 2016 leave allowances are not paid before the end of work on Friday.
The judiciary workers also demanded N50 million capital votes from the state government for the last quarter of 2016 fiscal year.
JUSUN chairman in the state, Mr Mark Ifezue, stated this in a press conference in Awka, the Anambra state capital.
He said from their investigation, the Accountant- General of the state, Ms Ngozi Okonkwo, was deliberately withholding their pay.
He said other ministries and parastatals in the state had collected their leave allowances before the Christmas.
He said, “This is a calculated and deliberate action to punish judiciary workers in the state for demanding financial autonomy.
He said this was not the first time the Accountant – General had omitted judiciary workers in such payment.
“Tomorrow(Thursday) we are meeting to decide our next line of action on our 2016 leave allowance which other ministries had been paid as well as their (government’s) failure to pay last quarter of 2016 capital votes of N50 million to the judiciary.
“If at the end of this week, they didn’t give out the cheques for these payments, we will be left with no other option than to shutdown the courts in the state, the JUSUN chairman stated.
When contacted on the telephone for her own side of the story, the state Accountant-General flared up.
She said: “And you said you are a journalist and you are calling me on phone. Don’t call me on this phone again. Go and tell them to do their worst”, the Accountant-General quipped.