The Imo State deputy governor, Prof. Placid Njoku, has refuted reports of his resignation; imploring Imo people and the public to jettison it as fake news.
This was contained in a statement issued on Thursday, June 10, by Njoku’s Chief Press Secretary, Ozioma Teddy Ukwuoma.
“My attention has been drawn to the fake news circulating in the social media; purporting that the deputy governor of Imo State, His Excellency Prof Placid Njoku has resigned.
“While it remains our practice to ignore such baseless stories; the need to put the truth out to concerned Imo citizens has necessitated this rebuttal.”
According to the spokesman of the former Vice-Chancellor: “This story has no iota of truth in it; but is a mere figment of the imaginations of those working against the Government and people of Imo state.
“The Imo State Deputy Governor, His Excellency Prof. Placid Njoku enjoys a robust working relationship with his boss, His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodimma, Executive Governor of Imo State and indeed with every member of the state executive council, including members of the state legislature.
“Imolites are enjoined to disregard such unfounded rumours; and continue supporting the peace and development of Imo State.”
Meanwhile, the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has suspended the nationwide strike which has lasted for over two months.
JUSUN had embarked on a nationwide strike in protest of the non-implementation of financial autonomy for the judiciary since April 6.
However, the union resolved to suspend the industrial action during its national executive council (NEC) meeting, which held on Wednesday, in Abuja.
This was disclosed by the JUSUN treasurer, Jimoh Alonge, after the meeting.
Alonge said JUSUN decided to call off the strike; following the intervention of the National Judicial Council (NJC).
“NJC, which is the highest body of the judiciary, appealed to the union to give them two to three months; to weigh into the matter and make sure they actualise what we are asking for. They noted that the public is suffering. We decided to accord them that respect,” Alonge said.
President Muhammadu Buhari had, in May 2020, signed an executive order; granting financial autonomy to both the judiciary and legislative arms of government; but the order was suspended after state governors raised concerns.