C’River workers protest over non payment of alleged 5 years salaries

C’River workers protest over non payment of alleged 5 years salaries

Again Civil Servants numbering about  1,700 in Cross River on Tuesday took to the street to protest non payment of five years salaries purportedly owed them by the state government.

It was gathered that the protesters who converged at the State’s Secretariat as early as 7:30am, blocked the entrance to the secretariat demanding that their five years salaries should be paid.

The workers who carried placards with various inscriptions, chanted solidarity songs and appealed to the government to pay their salaries.

Some of the inscriptions reads: “where is the food on the table you promised? Hunger is everywhere we are humans and not animals.” “Gov. Ayade pay us salaries. We were duly employed. Five years is not five days.”

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The Spokesperson of the protesting Workers, Mr Raphael Antigha, said that since they were employed between 2017 and 2018, they have not received any salaries.

He said: “We have made many emissaries to the government to get them to pay us and each time, it is the same promises.

“The government have made us to undergone two screening and verification to resolve the issue and yet, the issue remain the same.

“We were duly employed and have all been issued establishment number and even appointment letters and properly documented.We are just about 1,700 in number and the highest salary amongst us is N47,000.

“Each time the government complain of no money and yet, he gives out hundreds of political appointments each week, where is he getting the money to pay them?”

When contacted, the Head of Service HoS, Cross River state, Mr Ogbang Akwaji, debunked such claim, stressing that the state was not owning any worker salary.

Akwaji said: “Cross River State government is one state that has placed great premium on the welfare of it’s workforce, despite challenging revenue inflows.

“At the moment, July 2022 salaries have been paid to workers by the Cross River State government. There are no workers in the state who are being owed five years salaries,” he said.

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