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Workers Lock Adamawa Govt House For Hours Over Non-Payment Of Salaries

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Posted: Aug 24, 2016 at 6:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Clement Ekong



Adamawa State workers under the aegis of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Tuesday locked the gates of the Government House, Yola, for over five hours to protest non-payment of salaries and other entitlements to staff.

The protest caused a serious stampede within the Government House and its environs as workers and visitors were locked out for the period the protest lasted.

The aggrieved workers, who chanted solidarity songs with the inscription; “Remove all anti-Labour government functionaries”; “Remove them now or else and stop using security to intimate us,” among others.

The protesters particularly demanded for the removal of Dr. Abdullahi  Belel, the Executive Chairman, Adamawa State Healthcare Development Agency; Engineer Ahmad Umar Nyako, General Manager, Adamawa Transport Company Limited as well as Alhaji Abdullahi Jingi, Chairman, Adamawa State post primary schools management Board.

Addressing the workers at the gates of the Government House, Comrade Dauda Maina, the state chairman of the NLC, stated that the workers resorted to the protest after all avenues to resolve pressing issues that affect the workers were ignored by the political appointees.

Comrade Maina said the NLC has tolerated the three heads of parastatals for a long time due to their lackadaisical attitude to workers in their respective organisations.

He maintained that the stance of the three executive officers to their workers have led to backlog of unpaid salaries and arrears, some up to eight months running and above.

However, Comrade Ahmad Sajoh, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, who had earlier attempted to address the protesting workers was booed and rejected as they demanded for higher top government functionary to address them.

However, Dr. Umar Bindir, the secretary to the state government, who later addressed the protesters pleaded with them to give peace a chance, promising them that their grievances would be addressed as soon as the governor returns to the state from his official trip to Abuja.

Reacting to the call for his removal, Dr. Abdullahi Belel, the chairman of Adamawa State Health care Development Agency, stated that, the backlog of salary arrears in his department followed low level of subvention to it from the state government.

However, the General Manager of Adamawa Transport Company and his Primary Schools Management Board counterpart could not be reached for their comments as none of them was in the offices as at the time of filling this report.