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SURE-P Officers Protest Non-Payment of Salaries

Posted: May 5, 2015 at 5:25 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Akinwunmi King, 



Some officers of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) and Federal Task Force (FERMA), on Monday, took to the street of Lagos to protest the non-payment of their salaries.

The protesters also accused the Lagos State Coordinator of SURE-P, Abdulrazak Otto, of owing them three years salaries.

The protesters, who staged their protest at the office of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Lagos, also protested against alleged fraudulent extortion of money from them by some executives of the SURE-P, alleging that their national officers and chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos were responsible for their plight and extorting money from them.

According to them, the management used the SURE-P/FERMA job to exploit desperate job seekers for their selfish political gains.

Displaying placards with different inscriptions, they sang and chanted solidarity songs, alleging that they were mandated to pay outrageous sums before they were employed for the job, but that three years after employment and resumption of duties they are yet to be paid a dime.

They alleged that at the commencement of the programme in 2013, applicants were made to pay the sum of N32,500 each for uniform while additional N5,000 was paid for the procurement of the SURE-P forms.

They alleged further that the forms were picked at the residence of PDP Chieftain, Chief Bode George, with a promise that they would be trained in recognised institutions in the country.

They also lamented that till date, no form of training had been organised for them but instead, were used for political rallies whenever any prominent government official was in the state in the build up to the last general elections.

The angry protesters said the whole recruitment exercise was a fraud, adding that they were just exploited by some people in the name of Federal Government project.

They vowed to continue their protest till the Presidency pays them the three years’ salary arrears.

Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Kayode Aderibigbe, said they heard from a source within the Presidency that a PDP chieftain in Lagos told  President Goodluck Jonathan that he paid the recruited officers N350,000 each.

“This is a big lie. We have not been paid a dime for the three years that we have worked. We have over 70,000 workers and they are owing all of us. So, I don’t know where he got that figure from.