Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that if the state chapter of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) fails to suspend its strike at the month end, the state government will have no option but invoke the no-work-no-pay policy.
He said there was no justification for JUSUN to have joined the national strike as the issues did not apply to the state where the judiciary had been granted financial autonomy and significantly improved the welfare of staff members.
In a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, the governor said the state government was not unaware of the agreement reached among the Federal Government, the Governors Forum and JUSUN on financial autonomy for the judiciary and legislature in the country.
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“We neither set up any new implementation committee because it is simply unnecessary, nor allow the state’s judiciary to submit its budget directly to the House of Assembly in breach of extant fiscal policies and regulations of the budgeting process,” he said.
Governor chided the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) for instigating what he described as “unnecessary tension in the state over the appointment of a Chief Judge.”