Nineteen aggrieved unpaid staff of Emohua Local Government Council have dragged the council chairman Dr. Chidi Lloyd and two others to court.
The aggrieved council staff among other things are asking the court to order the Emohua council boss to within seven days of the conclusion of the matter re-instate them to their employment grade level, release in full their withheld unpaid salaries and pay each of the affected staff the sum of one million naira as damages for the trauma and embarrassment.
Speaking on the facts of the case, their lawyer, Kingdom Chukwuezie told correspondent that his clients approached the court because the Emohua council boss said he is ready to meet them in court.
Chukwuezie said the Rivers State Local Government service law no. five 2018 including the constitution of the country does not empower the council boss to withhold the salary of public officers.
Some of the aggrieved Emohua council staff who also spoke with our correspondent said on the assumption of the chairman, he reduced their salaries, their grade level and subsuquently refused to pay them for the past one year while some no payment, claiming that they are ghost workers.
Recall that the immediate past councilors of fourteen wards of Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, had cried out over delay by the authority of the council in payment of their seven months owed salaries and other entitlement due for them while in office.
Governor Nyesom Wike had during the swearing in of the current council chairmen directed that all money owed to the councillor should be cleared on resumption to office.
In a statement jointly signed by all the eight Legislative Assembly led by Evans Chekwas-Waleru, in what appears to be a protest called on Governor Wike and well meaningful Nigerians to intervene to their plights.
The Emohua eight Legislative Assembly said contrary to the directives of the governor, the authority of the council have refused to pay them their salaries and other entitlement amounting to over ten million naira owed to each of them, stating that every efforts to draw the attention of the council chairman, Chidi Lloyd over the unpaid salaries and entitlement have fallen on deaf ears.
Every effort to reach Chidi Lloyd to react to the allegations have not yielded positive result as he is yet to pick up phone call or response to text messages put across.