Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State, has rejected the new agreement between the Nigeria Governors’ Forum of Nigeria (NGF) and the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).
Speaking at the inauguration of the Senate Building of the Rivers State University and the foundation stone laying for the construction of the Faculty of College of Medical Sciences on Saturday, Governor Wike said that he was not consulted before the decision.
According to him, whatever agreement reached between NGF and JUSUN on the continued strike by the judiciary union was not binding on the government of Rivers State.
The governor described the conduct of the negotiation without the input of the Rivers State government as “unfortunate”.
He said: “Rivers State Government has implemented financial autonomy for the legislature and Judiciary. The judiciary has collected first and second quarters of their capital fund. We still use our money to do infrastructure for them in spite of that we release and give to them their capital expenditure.”
The governor, who disclosed that the state government has commenced implementation of “No work, no pay policy”, reiterated that he would not sign any agreement with the JUSUN.
The maintained that both judicial and legislative arms of government in the State were enjoying full autonomy.
He said: “Governors’ Forum is not a Government. It is an association of Governors to share ideas and not to sign agreement on behalf on State government. Even when they say something, I will have to come back to the State and call State Executive Council meeting, and we will take it as our resolution that this is what we are going to do. So, whatever they have signed with JUSUN, let me tell you people , it is not binding on Rivers State government.”