The Nigerian Bar Association, Jalingo Branch has given the state Government two days ultimatum to comply with their demands as it affects the salaries of law officers and magistrates in the state or they will boycott all courts in the state for one week.
This was stated by the chairman Idris Abdullahi Jalo while briefing the members of the press.
Taravoices correspondent reports that the chairman of the Jalingo branch of the NBA, Idris Abdullahi Jalo said the “illegal and unlawful deduction of salaries of law officers and magistrates” in the state needs to be stopped.
The chairman stressed that the state Government should endeavor to sustain the implementation of the extent harmonization law of 2015, pointing out that the law cannot be negotiated by the state government.
Idris Jalo added that if the state government does not give heed to their call, stiffer action will be taken by the Bar association.
Also speaking at the briefing, the members of the congress said the state government should take the appropriate procedure and never take corners in amending the existing law.
They urged the state government not to shy away from its responsibility, stressing that the law officers and magistrates are facing difficulties following the reduction of their salaries.
The law officers claimed that the amount deducted from their salaries has reached fifty five percent and can no longer be tolerated.
They stressed that the amounts deducted was from February 2016 to date.
While calling on government they said the issue of bringing consultant to tackled salary and payment of civil servants should stop as the ministry of finance staff are capable of rendering such services to the state government.
Reacting to the briefing, the state Head of Civil Service, Mr. Simon Istifanus Angyu, pleaded with them to exercise patience, as the state government through his office is doing everything to address all the issues.
He explained that the problem affects many Civil servants but quickly added that some of the problems are already being addressed, assuring that the issue will soon be a thing of the past.