They are not telling the truth-CPS
By Friday Echi
As Easter approaches some workers in Imo State are lamenting their fate as government still owes them two months arrears of salaries.
Three of these workers who visited the Edge Express office expressed concern that since February they are yet to be paid and consequently have had to grapple with a lot of domestic issues which according to them had challenged their endurance limit
Speaking under a condition of anonymity, one of the workers in the employ of Imo Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) wondered why the government should be sitting on their salaries for two months now, fearing a return to what they experienced under Okorocha.
In his words, ‘’it cannot be that the state lacks money because they are engaging in capital projects. If care is not taken we are returning to what we suffered under Okorocha. Look at the condition everywhere and the government still had no pity to owe us’’
Another worker who simply gave his name as Felix said that he is a teacher, and that they are yet to receive March salary. Lamenting he said, ‘’help us ask our governor if he had actually brought us prosperity or sufferity, does he want us all to die in the house’’
The third worker remarked, ‘’now that Easter is approaching are we also going to remain like this. We hear the government and some big men are sharing money and food all over the country but we have not seen nor heard about anything’’
They pleaded that we take their issues to the knowledge of the authorities concerned.
When Edge Express confronted them that the government angle indicate that Imo workers have been paid, they chorused back in unison that it is only some and wondered the reason for the discriminatory payments when they are all civil servants serving the same government.
Response received from the Chief Press Secretary, Oguike Nwachukwu stated that ‘’they were not telling the truth’’.
However, a call from an officer in the Information Unit of the Imo Broadcasting Corporation, (IBC) denied knowledge of any worker or group of workers interfacing with the reporter on the salary issue of the parastatal.
He however, stated that the Commissioner of Information had assured that in the days ahead the situation would be addressed as the issue is being resolved. He went on to state that other many other parastatals like Arts and Culture, Sports Council, Poverty Alleviation etc are suffering the same fate.
When we sought to know the actual reason delaying the payment, he quipped, ‘I don’t know’’. Imo workers have been lamenting why the government have shown so much nonchalance over their welfare at this critical period when the wide world is ravaged by the pandemic. The workers as a precautionary measure have been holed up at home under a sit at home order