Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday dissolved the 23 Local Government Caretaker Committees in Rivers state.
The governnor, in a statement issued yesterday evening, by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, directed the Caretaker Committee Chairmen to hand over to their respective Heads of Personnel Management (HPM).
He also directed the HPM to immediately compile the list of staff being owed salaries.
The list, he said, must indicate the number of months in which the wages were in arrears by the respective councils and submitted to his office with immediate effect.
In another development, Governor Wike has called on magistrates across the country to be fearless and firm in their dispensation of justice.
Speaking at Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday, when he hosted members of the National Executive Committee of the Magistrates Association of Nigeria, Wike said the functions of magistrates remained vital to the dispensation of justice in the country.
He urged them to stop the practice of returning case files on the basis that they were afraid of the antics of certain interests and those who would malign them after delivering judgement.
He said: “Judicial officers should not abdicate their responsibilities because they are afraid of petitions. If everyone throws in the towel, who will dispense justice ?”.
While noting that every profession had its inherent risks, the governor advised the magistrates to always remain focused as they deliver judgements within the ambit of the law.
He approved the request of the Magistrates Association of Nigeria that the biennial delegates conference be hosted in Port Harcourt.
He said the state would be hosting several national events between May and October in response to the improving security situation in the state.
Earlier, the President of the ssociation, Mrs. Victoria Isiguzo, called on Governor Wike to support the hosting of the Biennial delegates conference, where new executives would be elected.
She commended the governor for granting financial autonomy to the State Judiciary and approving the procurement of official vehicles for Magistrates.