BY Eba Alobo
Hundreds of protesters stormed the street of Calabar on Monday, September 21st. The protesters are requesting the Cross River Government to reinstate them and pay their salaries a year and one month since they were employed.
They carried placards with various inscriptions like “2,500 of us delisted from Cross River Payroll unjustly”, ” Cross River Government, one year and one month, no salaries, we cry for justice”, “John Odey should be sacked”, ” We can’t breathe” etc
In a press release obtained by Genuine Reports, the protesters
stated that “It’s already one year and a month since we were forcefully and illegally removed from Cross River State payroll by the governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade, which goes against labour law and best practices anywhere in the world.”
They added that “You would recall that our Delisting was effected in the month of September, 2019 without cogent reasons and prior notification by the government. Sadly, over 2,500 staff were affected. We have not been paid our statutory salary in the year under consideration after much efforts by the Union and concerned citizen to cushion this unscrupulous plight but to no avail. It’s been quite appalling and challenging for us. As breadwinners in our families, we have not been able to carry out our responsibilities. This ugly dilemma has really led to the death of most of our colleagues. We can no longer wallow and die in silence after several entreaties which has fallen on deaf ears.”
According to Comr. Agbor Francis, one of the affected workers, their demands are “That we should be reinstated and fully paid our salaries and all entitlements”.