– Some lawyers in Cross River hit the street to protest
– The protesters are demanding immediate implementation of harmonised salary
– They are also agitating for welfare and press for parity between law officers and the magistracy
Courts in Cross Rivers state were shut down on Monday, July 2, as lawyers under the aegis of Law Officers’ Association of Nigeria (LOAN) hit the street to demand immediate implementation of harmonised salary.
The Sun reports that the lawyers, working in the state Ministry of Justice, claimed that the Cross River government has failed to implement the harmonised salary between those of them at the Ministry of Justice and their colleagues who were appointed magistrates from the rank.
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Speaking to newsmen at the governor’s office in Calabar, yesterday, the LOAN chairman of the state chapter, Eneji Amajama, said they decided to embark on industrial action to agitate for welfare and press for parity between law officers and the magistracy.
Amajama said: “The governor came to the Ministry of Justice, sometime, in May, to commission our library and agreed that the harmonisation would be implemented and, also, made provision that more law officers should be recruited.
“Since then, more law officers have been recruited; but, the implementation of the harmonisation policy has not been done. We embarked on this action in November 2016, and they pleaded with us to suspend the action so it can be captured in the 2017 budget. When we wrote to the Attorney General, Joe Abang, to remind him, he treated us with disdain and never allowed the governor to see our document.
“When we gave them 21 days notice to embark on this protest, they treated it with disdain. And we gave them another seven days notice, they never did anything. That is why we said, ‘let us move to the governor to tell him there is a policy on ground.”
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has dismissed media reports that police personnel protested in Maiduguri as a result of non-payment of special duty allowance.
The spokesperson for the force, Jimoh Moshood, in a statement on Monday, July 2, said contrary to the reports, some of the police mobile force personnel on special duty in Maiduguri went to the Borno state police command headquarters on enquiry over the delay in the payment of their special duty allowance in the early hours and not on protest as reported in some media.
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