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IMO: Workers throng government house to protest backlog of unpaid salaries

A PHALANX of civil servants thronged the entrance gate to the Government House in Owerri today to register their grievances over the nonpayment of their salaries.

The presence of the protesting workers inhibited both human and vehicular movements in and out of the of the premises of the government house as security operatives could not disperse them.

Armed with their letters of appointments and postings, the aggrieved civil servants said that they were at the Government House to fault the governor’s claim that they were ghost workers.

The governor had said that those who had yet to receive their salaries up to date were ghost workers.

Speaking to newsmen, one of the protesters said, “We have come to puncture the statement of the governor that those who have not received their salaries update are ghost workers. That is why we have come with our letters of appointments and that of our postings.

“We are over one thousand here. There are others who have not received their salaries in the last one year among us here. For me, I have not been paid in the last eight months. It is unfortunate that the governor is owing us and he is still lying against us and painting us in bad colours.”

The protesting Civil servants said that they would not vacant the entrance gate of the Government House until they were paid.

Another civil servant who didn’t want his name in print said, “We will resume 7am here every day going forward until we are paid. I am a secondary school teacher and I have not been paid in the last 12 months. This is the 13th month. Since this governor assumed office, I have only received one month salary and that was January 2020. What kind of wickedness is this?. What kind of leaders do we have in this country?”

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