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Wike reacts to JUSUN’s strike, says Rivers judiciary has financial autonomy

The Executive Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike on Monday disclosed that his state has implemented financial autonomy for judiciary workers, hence, should not “suffer solidarity strikes” because of others.

According to the governor, judiciary workers should face non-implementing states and leave Rivers out of the strike.

Recall that the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) had on April 8 embarked on the strike in protest of the non-implementation of financial autonomy for the judiciary.

The strike has paralysed activities in courts across the country, and on Monday, members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) joined in solidarity.

Addressing the lawyers who converged at the Rivers government house on Monday, he said: “My position concerning the JUSUN strike in Rivers state is simple. Rivers state has painstakingly implementing financial autonomy for the State’s Judiciary. We shouldn’t suffer solidarity strikes because other states are not implementing same.

“Non implementing states can be held to task but there is really no reason for a solidarity strike or protest in Rivers state, I used the opportunity to request for Rivers state’s JUSUN to call off their strike and open the courts in Rivers state.

“Again, you have said here that you’re protesting because of what you fear could happen when I leave office, on whether my successor will continue to implement financial autonomy for the judiciary.

“Why not wait until then and protest if the person is not implementing it. What do you want me to do with the person who is coming after me, to compel him to do what?

“This protest is useless, as far as this state is concerned. You have no reason. I challenged anybody on it. Tell your president, they should name those states that are not implementing it and tell judiciary workers in those states to go on strike against them not here.

“Except I will withdraw the implementation so that you can go on strike. I cannot be implementing, then you are going on strike. Does it make sense? So, tell JUSUN to come back to work.

“If they don’t come back to work, me too, I will stop implementing the financial autonomy so that the strike will be justified.”

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