Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State has swiftly intervened in the ongoing crisis between the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Osun State chapter, and the embattled Chief Judge, Justice Oyebola Adepele-Ojo. During a courtesy visit by the union to the governor, the Union Chairman, Gbenga Eludire, expressed gratitude for the governor’s prompt action.
One of the key achievements highlighted by Eludire was the governor’s successful resolution of a longstanding issue—the backlog of 57 months’ worth of salaries that had been withheld by the embattled Chief Judge. Governor Adeleke’s intervention not only addressed the financial concerns of JUSUN members but also demonstrated his commitment to ensuring justice and fairness within the state’s judiciary.
Eludire took the opportunity to dispel misinformation circulating about the union’s status. Contrary to fake news, he clarified that Osun State JUSUN had received full approval and support from its national body to continue its strike. This revelation puts to rest any doubts about the legitimacy of the union’s actions, emphasizing the unity and cohesion within the organization.
According to him, “We are here today because we are happy; the happiness that has eluded us for several years has been restored. All our efforts in the past to restore the happiness of our members failed, but the present state government has restored it.
“We have been working under tense conditions but today we are glad, our members were suspended, exposed to oppression and victimisation but today all that is in the past.
“We decided to put an end to the oppression of the Chief Judge, Justice Oyebola Adepele-Ojo, so we embarked on a strike and the Osun state Government supported us after listening to our plight.
“We are here today with all our members whose salaries were unlawfully withheld so they can show appreciation to the Osun State Government.
“Contrary to the fake news that has been shared, the national body of JUSUN is on our side and they have given us the go ahead with the strike; they said we should not back down until all our demands are met.”
In a show of solidarity and recognition for their fight against injustice, Deputy Governor Prince Kola Adewusi spoke on behalf of Governor Ademola Adeleke, commending the members and leadership of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) in Osun State. Adewusi expressed the belief that an injury to one is an injury to all, emphasizing the shared responsibility in the pursuit of justice.
Addressing the concerns raised by the union, Adewusi assured that the state government would thoroughly investigate and address each issue. He acknowledged the pressing need to improve the conditions of courts across the state and emphasized the government’s commitment to enhancing the welfare of judicial workers.
“On behalf of the Osun State government, we want to applaud you for your maturity in the handling of the issue. We commend your approach to ventilating your grievances without resorting to violence.
“In some quarters, they believe it was the Osun State Government that had issue with the embattled Chief Judge but we had to tell them that the CJ had issues with JUSUN, not the state government. However, these JUSUN members are our brothers and sisters in the state, whose wellbeing is paramount to the state government,” he stated.
The Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Adewale Egbedun, extended a heartfelt apology to the leadership and members of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) during a meeting held in his office. The apology specifically addressed the unfair treatment faced by judicial staff, with a special emphasis on the unjust suspension of five workers.