Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has asked members of the Nigerian Bar Association not to join the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria on a solidarity strike in the state.
Wike said this when he received members of the NBA at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Monday.
He explained that Rivers State is already implementing financial autonomy, which is the demand tabled by the striking JUSUN members who have shut down courts in the country.
The Governor said on Twitter, “Today I shared my thoughts with members of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) from Rivers State, who were on a solidarity protest with the striking Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) concerning financial autonomy for the Judiciary.
“My position concerning the JUSUN strike in Rivers State is simple. Rivers State has (been) 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.”
JUSUN began a nationwide protest in Abuja and Lagos on Monday to drive home their demands as Judicial activities have been paralyzed across the country.