NUJ Expresses Deep Displeasure Over Gov. Okowa’s Inability To Offset Teachers, Council Workers Salaries Despite Receipt Of Bail Out, London-Paris Club Refund

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The Nigerian Union of Journalists, Warri Correspondents Chapel has expressed deep displeasure over the inability of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state to offset the backlog of unpaid salaries and arrears been owed primary school teachers and local government workers in the state despite the fact that the state government had recently received its own share of the first tranche of Paris Club Refunds money.

All Delta State council workers under the umbrella of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, (NULGE), had on Wednesday mobilised in Uvwie local government council secretariat, Effurun against governor Ifeanyi Okowa in a mass protest with a call to pay their 13 monthly salaries been owed them.

The protesters who were carrying placards with different inscriptions like “Okowa You Are Wicked”, “Stop The Killing Of Council Workers”, “Pay Us Our 13 Months Salaries”, “Stop Stealing Local Government Fund”, “No Salary, No Okowa 2019” and others vowed that come 2019, the union shall mobilise its members to work against his second tenure.

Adding its voice to calls for the immediate payment of salaries owed these categories of workers in the state, Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalists, Warri Correspondents Chapel, Mr. Akpokona Omafuaire and Secretary, Mr. Joe Ogbodu, in a statement obtained Friday by HardReporters correspondent in Warri, the Union said the agitations by the workers across the state was gaining more sympathy over government’s claims.

According to the union, many expected that the earlier bailout funds and Paris Club Refunds money should have helped the state governments in a long way to offsetting the backlog of salaries owned the workers.

While appealing to Governor Okowa to do everything within his powers to ameliorate the untold hardship the workers are passing through over their unpaid emoluments, the union urged the Delta State Government to adopt a strategic engagement and acceptable payment plans to resolve the intermittent crisis over salaries and arrears of council workers and primary school teachers across the state.

“The failure to do the needful has apparently evoked the series of protest in the state by the workers we therefore urge the state government to urgently marshaled out plans to address the matter which makes government appears as being insensitive to plight of workers. We urge the Governor in all honesty to look deep into the plight of primary school teachers and council workers in the state.” adding that NUJ has been inundated with cries of these set of workers, “Therefore we are passionately appealing to the governor do something to resolve these crisis.” the statement adds.

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