GOVERNOR WIKE DESCRIBES INDUSTRIAL ACTION BY JUDICIARY WORKERS IN RIVERS STATE AS UNNECESSARY.
Written by miebaka ikiriko on April 20, 2021
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, says the industrial action embarked upon by members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN is not necessary in the state.
This according to Governor Wike is because the judiciary in Rivers State is already enjoying financial autonomy and it is unfortunate that its workers still shut the courts in what they called solidarity with other states.
Governor Wike made the condemnation while addressing members of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA who were on solidarity protest in support of financial autonomy for the judiciary to Government House, Port Harcourt.
The Governor who wondered the essence of NBA’s protest when there is already full implementation of financial autonomy for the judiciary by his administration, expressed surprise that NBA could protest over such issues because they were numb in 2014, when the courts where shut in Rivers State.
Earlier, the Chairman of Port Harcourt Branch of Nigeria Bar Association, Prince Nyekwere, who spoke on behalf of the group, said lawyers have been shut out of work for three weeks due to the JUSUN strike.
He noted the enabling environment created by the Wike administration for the State Judiciary to operate which he opined cannot be compared to any other judiciary in the country, but expressed concern over the fate of the judiciary with successive administration when the Governor leaves office as according to him, they may not be inclined as him in ensuring the independence of the judiciary.