By Osaigbovomwan Iguobaro
Hon. Justice Roland Amaize (Retired) of Edo State High court has appealed to Governor Godwin Obaseki to settled the outstanding salary arrears of the State judiciary workers.
The seven months accumulated salary arrears was for the period the workers embarked on strike declared by the national leadership of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) during the administration of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole in 2015.
Oshiomhole, former Labour leader, vowed to enforce the ‘No work, No pay rule’ for the period the workers stayed away from work.
The leadership of the State Chapter of the Union thereafter sued the Government in court and secured a court order, mandating the State Government to pay the workers.
Commending on the development on Saturday, Justice Amaize (Retired), lamented the alleged hard-line posture of the previous administration, adding that the decision of Government to deprive the workers their salaries was wrong.
According to him, “Since government is continue, Obaseki should revisit the issue and pay the workers their salary and close the ugly chapter”.
“Then Edo State Governor was not only unfair but he was in fact too hard on the Edo State Judiciary workers by his government’s decision to withhold their seven months salaries on account of a strike that was declared, rightly or wrongly, by their national leaders with national coverage.
“The strike being one which was declared across the nation, therefore, no State judiciary workers ought to have been punished on account of it as was done in Edo State. That decision to deprive the workers of their salaries for the period is both wrong and lacking in human face.
“Since government is a continuum, I dare suggest that the present administration in the State, in demonstration of human face and act of magnanimity, should revisit the matter with a view to paying these workers that which were wrongly denied them, thus closing the ugly chapter.
“I do very humbly so urge Mr. Governor, whom I know is part of this platform (I hope he still is) and therefore chances are see he will see this submission”, the retied Judge pleaded.