Some workers in the Cross River State Civil Service have protested the non-payment of their three years and eight months’ salaries.
The aggrieved protesters, who staged a peaceful protest on Tuesday at the front of the Government House in Calabar, carried placards with various inscriptions.
The inscriptions read:
“2018 CRS employed workers yet to be paid salaries, “Our dear governor let the wind of change make us smile, pay us salaries, ” 3 years without salaries, who did we offend?”
Speaking on behalf of the protesters, a man who gave his name as David, said they were duly employed by the state government in 2018 and were all given employment letters but no payment whatsoever has been made to them since.
“We have been dialoguing with the Cross River State government for months now to no avail. Each time we go there, they asked us to come back that they are looking into it.
“And as it stands, we want the world to know that we are suffering. We have lost two of our colleagues to death due to hunger and starvation.
No official of the state government came out to address the aggrieved protesters as they waited in vain but when contacted the Special Adviser on payroll matter to the governor, who doubles as the state auditor general, John Odey claimed such an issue has not been brought to his table.
In his words,
“Those are civil service matters, the Auditor General is not involved in service matters. “Until those things are brought to my table, I will not know anything about them. They have not been brought to my table”.