Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Owerri branch, has drawn the attention of the Imo State government to the unprecedented hardship and suffering facing the people of the state, attributing the ugly situation to miscarriage of justice and insensitivity to the needs of the citizenry.
Addressing newsmen in Owerri yesterday, the association in a statement signed by the branch chairman, Stanley C. Imo Esq and the secretary, Chris Ihentuge Esq, condemned alleged breach of terms of agreement reached by government and Judiciary Staff Union, JUSUN, in the state, which caused the current strike by the union.
The group further condemned the non-payment of salary of law officers of the state Ministry of Justice since May this year, noting that the whole action was, to say the least, callous, insensitive and goes against the grain of good conscience.
“Even more condemnable is the government’s decision to slash the said salaries by a shocking 70 percent. This intended action by the government is also totally and out rightly condemned in very strong terms as such constitutes a gross negation of the law governing the civil service and its attendant rules,” the group said.
Imo and Ihentuge further decried the rising wave of insecurity in Imo State under the Okorocha administration, stressing that the non -of salaries and high rate of unemployment had made people of the state to live in abject fear for their lives and properties.
The association also expressed dismay that Faculties of Law and Medicine of Imo State University were denied accreditation on account of not meeting up with the basic requirements to continue offering the courses.
They noted that Imo State by that denial of accreditation would loss greatly as a greater number of eligible sons and daughters of the state wishing to study law and medicine would lose admission because of the issue.