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Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has directed the State Accountant General not to pay judges during the first week of June, when the “no work, no pay” policy was in effect.
The State administration had already warned that if JUSUN in the State did not call off the strike by May 31st, it would be forced to implement the no-work, no-pay policy.
Governor Wike, who blamed the State government’s refusal to pay JUSUN members for the first week of June on the union’s failure to comply with the directive to resume work by May 31st, reiterated that Rivers state has implemented full financial autonomy for the judiciary, and that the strike was unnecessary in the first place.
The governor stated that the Rivers State administration will not establish a budget implementation committee since such a group is not required by law.
JUSUN had in April embarked on an indefinite nationwide strike in protest against the denial of the judiciary its constitutionally guaranteed financial autonomy which was also affirmed by a Federal High Court judgement in January 2014.
The strike was suspended on Wednesday.