Workers at the Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs deployed to Cross River State have again lamented their terrible conditions as orchestrated by the non-payment of their salaries up to 20 months – one year and eight months.
KOKO TV NG had in June reported that the workers had raised the alarm over their terrible conditions as they lamented the non-payment of their salaries up to 26 months – two years and two months.
The workers who are security guards and cleaners whose monthly salaries are between N25,000 and N40,000, told KOKO TV NG that they were 24 outsourced casual workers who had been working with the ministry since 2009 with a promise that they would be integrated into the mainstream of the ministry but that had not been done.
The workers said that some of them could not endure the hardship and difficulties they had been going through due to their poor working conditions and non-payment of salaries. Hence, they left.
They said that their condition became worse since the current State Coordinator, Mr David Otom, started engaging the services of some men to take up their responsibilities because he paid the new people less than what the ministry approved as their salary.
“We are calling on the Minister of Niger Delta and Nigerians to help us. Let the Ministry of Niger Delta pay us our salaries. We no longer feed. Our children no longer go to school because we no longer afford their school fees, yet, the coordinator is not doing anything. Rather, he went and employed other people to work as security and cleaners,” one of the workers who spoke on the condition of anonymity said.
The workers added that the coordinator barred them from coming to the office, and instead directed them to go to Abuja and ask for their unpaid salaries.
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