Wa­ter cor­po­ra­tion staff protest non-pay­ment of salary in Kwara

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Romoke W. Ah­mad, Ilorin

Staff of Kwara State Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion, Ilorin, yes­ter­day protested the non-pay­ment of their four months salaries.

It was gath­ered that the staff are be­ing owed July to Oc­to­ber salaries.

The work­ers are also protest­ing what they called the non-re­mit­tance of ten months co-op­er­a­tive de­duc­tions, amount­ing to about N70 mil­lion, among oth­ers.

The pro­test­ers who gath­ered un­der the um­brella of the state branch of Amalgamated Union of Pub­lic Cor­po­ra­tions, Civil Ser­vice Tech­ni­cal and Recre­ational Ser­vices Em­ploy­ees (AUPCTRE), blocked the en­trance of the cor­po­ra­tion along state Li­brary Ilorin while the protest lasted.

They car­ried plac­ards with in­scrip­tions such as “pay us our salary ar­rears”, “We are not fools” Give us our rights”, “No pay no work”.

Speak­ing with jour­nal­ists, AUPCTRE chair­man, Kwara State Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion branch, Com­rade Mur­tala, said the union wrote se­ries of let­ters to the man­age­ment and the govern­ment, but noth­ing was done about the sit­u­a­tion.

He said the man­age­ment’s at­ti­tude forced the work­ers num­ber­ing about 600 to em­bark on protest.

He added that they would not re­turn to work un­til their de­mands were met.

Also, the state sec­re­tary of AUPCTRE, Com­rade Saliu Su­ly­man, lamented that the man­age­ment and govern­ment were not sen­si­tive to the work­ers’ plight.

“We have writ­ten se­ries of let­ters to the man­age­ment and govern­ment with­out any pos­i­tive re­sponse and no­body is even ne­go­ti­at­ing with us. In­stead, the gov­er­nor went on air to say the state govern­ment is not ow­ing any­body”, he said.

Su­ly­man added that the union gave the state govern­ment a 14 day ul­ti­ma­tum which ex­pired on Monday.

He lamented that the non­pay­ment of salaries had caused the work­ers un­told hard­ship.

“We have lost six of our work­ers and some are re­ceiv­ing treat­ment in the hos­pi­tal. Many work­ers were trekking to work, be­cause they could no longer af­ford fares. Some have even been sent out of their homes due to non pay­ment of rent”, he said.

When con­tacted, the state govern­ment said it is work­ing with man­age­ment of the cor­po­ra­tion to re­solve the is­sue.

Gov­er­nor Abdulfattah Ahmed, who spoke through his Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Me­dia and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Dr. Muideen Ako­rede, also noted that the cor­po­ra­tion was a rev­enue gen­er­a­tion agency and was ex­pected to pay its worker’s salaries.

“None­the­less, we call on the pro­test­ers to go about their work as govern­ment is li­ais­ing with their man­age­ment to see how their salaries would be paid. Drop in al­lo­ca­tion is the cause of un­paid salaries and that is why the govern­ment is fo­cus­ing on agen­cies that are not gen­er­at­ing rev­enues,” Ako­rede said.

Con­troller-Gen­eral, Nige­ria Pris­ons Ser­vice, Mr Peter Ekpendu (right), re­ceives train­ing man­ual on hu­man rights from the Am­bas­sador of Switzer­land to Nige­ria, Mr Eric May­oraz, in Abuja yes­ter­day.

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