Rivers Judicial Workers to Forfeit one-week Pay

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Despite calling off its two months nationwide strike, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has directed the Accountant-General of state not to pay judiciary workers for the first week of June in which the ‘no work-no pay policy’ was in force.

Governor Nyesom Wike, who praised employees for putting off their two-month strike in the state, issued the order in accordance with the state’s “no-work, no-pay” policy.

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The governor had warned that if members of JUSUN’s local branch did not call off the strike by May 31, his administration would impose the policy.

In a statement signed by Kelvin Ebiri, Wike’s Special Assistant (Media), the governor blamed the state’s decision on the union’s refusal to begin work by 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.

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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