In C/River, law officers to stop work over scheme of service

In C/River, law officers to stop work over scheme of service

By Asare Asare

Law officers working in the Cross River State ministry of justice have decided to down tools because the state government has not approved a scheme of service for them.

In an official letter notifying the state head of service the industrial action may begin tomorrow or next if their demands were not met.

Two officers of Law Officers’ Association of Nigeria (LOAN), Eneji Amajama and Moses Nkwo, Chairman and Secretary respectively signed the notice.

They said since government was unwilling, unprepared and unconcerned about giving effect to the harmonization policy in favour of the Lawyers, a strike action was inevitable.

Titled, “Notice of strike action following the state government’s failure to implement the harmonization policy in favour of Law Officers,” the lawyers reminded government that their ultimatum will expire on Wednesday, insisting that if nothing was done about their request, they will take to the strike option.

Within fifteen days from the date of the receipt of this notice (November 1), the state government should pay in full the arrears of the new remuneration package due law officers as currently enjoyed by magistrates of the same call year,” the ultimatum stated.

Part of the letter also read: “In the event of the state government failing to meet our legitimate demand and entitlement which we have endured for over a year now, we will have no alternative than to embark on an industrial action.”

Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Joe Abang confirmed that he was aware of the planned strike.

Head of Service, Mr. Ekpenyong Henshaw said state government was doing everything to stop the planned action, explaining that the issue has been on for years.

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