On 07/Nov/2019 / In Medical News
Hundreds of College of Health Technology workers under the platforms of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnic and Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics protested over unpaid salaries at the governor’s office barely 24 hours after lawyers and teachers also protested over the same situation at the governor’s office.
Leading the protest, the College of Health Technology branch Chairman of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics, Emmanuel Enegieor, said, “In the month of September our staff were dropped from the payroll without any form of notification. They only woke up and discovered that their colleagues got salaries and they did not get. And when we demanded, a comrade who is also supposed to be one of us, notified us that he was appointed as Senior Special Assistant on payroll and that the governor asked him to drop all the salaries of people from the year 2015 to date.
“And when we said we were not comfortable, they said it will not take any time, that they need to quickly do re-validation as directed by his Excellency, the governor. And the whole month of October came. And the salaries were paid. And these people again were not paid. We are saying that their children are still at home, they cannot go back to school.
“The governor had promised that he will not allow any Cross Riverian go to sleep without food on his table. And for four years he kept to his promise. And so we don’t believe this is coming from him. And we are saying that in case it is coming from him, your Excellency please recall them.
“While you are doing the cleaning of the payroll, recall the people who are sincere and send the ghost workers packing. But for people who are not ghosts which our members are not, please pay them their salaries because it is beginning to bring too much hardship on the system.”
He said the SSA on payroll should revert to the salary structure approved since 2013 for its members, adding that the College of Health Technology deserved a better treatment.
The Permanent Secretary in charge of Special Duties and Security Adviser, Sir Alfred Mboto, who addressed the protesting workers at the governor’s office, said, “issues happen because there is a breach in communication.
“Let me assure all of us here that there is no one here that is retrenched or dismissed. I can assure you that this message you have passed I will deliver it to him. I wish the governor was here.”
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