Rivers judicial workers to forfeit one-week pay

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By Mike Odiegwu, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Accountant-General has been directed not to pay members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) on the state’s payroll their first salaries in June.

Governor Nyesom Wike, who commended the workers for calling off their two-month strike in the state, gave the order in line with the ‘no-work-no-pay policy’.

The governor had warned that his administration would apply the policy if members of JUSUN’s local chapter failed to call off the strike by May 31.

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In a statement signed by Kelvin Ebiri, a Special Assistant (Media) to Wike, the governor hinged the state’s decision on the union’s failure to heed the directive to resume work before the May 31 deadline.

He reiterated the fact that Rivers had been implementing full financial autonomy for the judiciary made the strike was unnecessary ab initio.

The governor maintained that Rivers would not set up any budget implementation committee because it was unknown to law.

He said: “Rivers State government is in full support of financial autonomy of the judiciary and have been implementing same. We have stated it before that we are not going to set up any budget monitoring committee in the state because it is unnecessary.”

The governor explained that under a federal system of government, it was only the executive arm at all the tiers, that had the powers to present the annual budget to either state or National Assembly and signed it into law.

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He further asserted that Rivers people were law-abiding and would continue to insist that every action of government must be predicated on the rule of law.

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