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Lawyers join Anambra judiciary workers protest

By  Enyim Enyim

ONITSHA—The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, in Anambra State, yesterday joined judiciary workers in a protest against the continued closure of courts, following the non implementation of the consolidated judiciary salary scale being demanded by the workers.

Workers of the judiciary started  strike on November 9, 2009 when it became obvious to them that the state Governor, Mr Peter Obi was not prepared to pay them the new salary approved by the National Judicial Council,
NJC, and the Federal Government, which other states of the federation have started implementing.

Members of the NBA, who marched through major streets of Onitsha, Nnewi and Awka with placards, urged Governor Obi to open the courts by addressing with immediate effect,  the problems of judiciary workers. The NBA vowed to take legal action against the Governor, should he fail to resolve the problem.

Some of the placards read, ‘Open the courts and save the Bar,’ ‘Open the courts and save Nigerians in detention,’ ‘Governor break your silence,’ ‘Mr Peter Obi save the dying masses’ and ‘Mr Peter Obi listen to the voice of reason.’

Addressing newsmen at the Government House, Awka, the leader of the association in the state, Mr Anazoka Zokas said the protest was to make the people of the state see the insensitive nature of the Obi administration.


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