The meeting earlier scheduled to hold last Thursday was postponed indefinitely at the last minute by the labour minister.

Labour minister, Chris Ngige, has rescheduled a fresh meeting with the leaderships of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), and the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), over the lingering strike that has crippled court activities across the country for two weeks.

Representatives of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) are also expected to be at the meeting scheduled to hold in Abuja on Tuesday.

Members of JUSUN had on April 6 embarked on the indefinite nationwide strike to press home their demand for judiciary’s financial autonomy.

The labour minister had on Thursday announced a last-minute postponement of the meeting he was scheduled to hold with the NBA, JUSUN and other stakeholders over the lingering crisis.

The abrupt postponement of the meeting infuriated the leaderships of the body of lawyers and the striking workers’ union, both of whom in response, called for nationwide protests over the matter.

The protests held in Abuja and different parts of the country on Monday.

‘Meeting rescheduled’
PREMIUM TIMES on Monday saw a copy of the memo sent by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment to the NBA president, Olumide Akpata, rescheduling the earlier cancelled meeting for 3p.m. on Tuesday.

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The memo dated April 16, 2021 with reference number MLIB/155/II/70 was signed by the ministry’s Director, Trade Union Services and Industrial Relations. O. U Akpan.