The Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike has threatened not to pay the outstanding salaries of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) in Rivers state, if they continue with the strike. Recall that the state’s chapter of the JUSUN had announced an industrial action, demanding the payment of their salaries.
Nyesom Wike however, gave them a date to call off after which he will not pay their salaries again. Meanwhile, the Governor also provided reasons for his action and decision.
According to him, the striking union had no honest basis for the industrial action because they were already enjoying financial autonomy and staff welfare from the federal government. Wike gave the union only until the end of May to call of their strike, else he will take proactive measures.
“We would therefore neither set up any new implementation Committee because it’s simply unnecessary, nor allow the state’s judiciary to submit its budget directly to the state House of Assembly in breach of extant fiscal policies and regulations that regulate the state’s budgeting process”.
Apart from this, the River’s state governor also took a swipe at those members of the JUSUN who were castigating his decisions. He noted that the processes of appointing an acting chief judge and that of a substantive chief judge were not the same. He decided thus:
“Apart from the basic qualifications, sound character, ability to lead and work harmoniously with colleagues, hard work and willingness to take on challenging cases without a penchant for returning files for reassignment on flimsy excuses are some of accepted dispositional requirements for such very important appointment”.