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Wike signs revised N300b 2020 budget, warns judges against partisanship

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has signed into law the revised 2020 appropriation bill of N300,370,071,183.33.

Following the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on revenues, the state government had reviewed downward the salaries of political appointees and elected officers.

He stated this shortly after the presentation of the budget to him by Majority Leader of the House of Assembly, Martin Amaewhule, at Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday.

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The financial document was reduced by 48 per cent from its original size of N530,813,357,619.

Besides, the governor has described as appalling the involvement of some judicial officers in partisan politics.

He registered his dissatisfaction while handing over 41 sport utility vehicles (SUVs) to judges in the state judiciary as well as seven others serving in the Federal Judicial Service.

Wike said though his administration inherited a judiciary that was “completely neglected and judicial officers that were treated with disdain”, he made a commitment to change the narrative.

The governor said only a “dishonest character would deny the pragmatic and purposeful attention” his administration has brought to all facets of the state judiciary in the last five years.

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