Local government workers of the Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State took to the streets yesterday to protest the non-payment of four months’ salaries and leave allowances.
The workers numbering about 200 locked and barricaded the gate to the council headquarters, displaying placards, some of which read, ‘We have not received our leave allowances for 2014, 2018, 2019’ and ‘NFIU should come and rescue us. Our allocation has been tampered with and our salaries not being paid by Abia govt’.
During the protest, the LGA Chairman of the National Union of Local Government Employees, Nkemakolam Nwosu, told newsmen that “For four and half months, we have not been paid. Government owes us. Let them pay us. We are suffering. Our 2017, 2018, 2019 leave allowances have not been paid to us.
“We are human beings. Most of us have families and can’t afford to take care of them. The allocation has been coming from the Federal Government as and when due. Then what is holding the salaries?” he asked.
In his reaction, the state Commissioner for Information, John Kalu, said, “The report we have received from the local government chairman is that he was going to pay them one month salary, meaning that they are being owed only three months.”