CIVIL SERVANTS TURN BEGGARS IN NIGERIA

CIVIL SERVANTS TURN BEGGARS IN NIGERIA

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– CIVIL SERVANTS TURN BEGGARS IN NIGERIA

– Citizens of Bayelsa state calls for state governor Seriake Dickson to pay workers salary

– Civil servants now beg for transportation fare back home

– Utility bills gets out out of the reach of citizens of Bayelsa

CIVIL SERVANTS TURN BEGGARS IN NIGERIA

Due to the recent unpaid workers in Bayelsa state Nigeria, several government workers have been seen begging on the streets of the country.

As a result of no availability of financial resources, several individuals have refused to pay their utility bills, children’s school fees, and also their apartment bills.

There has also been a stop in the religious activities as people could no longer pat for their transport fares. Several citizens of the state begin to beg in order to return home from work or wherever they had gone to.

The state governor Seriake Dickson had promised to promptly pay salaries of workers. However, it is sad to note that the governor is no longer executing projects, and not also paying workers.

According to Punch, One of them, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of victimization, said he stopped going to work because the government had not paid him since November 2015.

A source, who is a manager in the government, owned Izon Ibe Community Bank, confessed, “I work in the state-owned micro-finance bank, but since November, I have not been paid. I can’t go to work because I need to look for something to do to feed my family. It has been very tough. Surviving in Bayelsa State has become so difficult”

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“I wonder why an oil-producing state like Bayelsa cannot pay salaries. We learnt that states like Ebonyi and Taraba, with one of the least allocations, still pay salaries. But here, we are working in an oil-producing state without salaries.”

It was gathered that the governor recently approved the payment of a month’s salary for the civil servants, but most of them had no balance left in their accounts after their banks deducted arrears of unpaid loans.

However, most residents have blamed the development of the state on the leadership style of Dickson, saying he stifled the economy on assuming office as the governor for the second term.

Currently, the state Economy is crumbling as citizens are complaining as they don’t have enough customers to patronize their goods and services. This has led to starvation in the land.

Commenting on the situation, the Chairman for the Nigerian Labour Congress, Bayelsa State, Mr. Ndiomu George-Diepre, said the Congress was disenchanted with the development.

CIVIL SERVANTS TURN BEGGARS IN NIGERIA

Though he appreciated the economic situation in the country, he however, appealed to Dickson to pay the workers so that they could meet their personal and family obligations.

George-Diepre said, “The Congress as usual is still on the struggle. Right now, we are on the air, calling on the government to pay the unpaid salaries”.

“While we understand the economic situation in the country and how it also affects the states, we are still asking that the government should pay all the outstanding salaries of workers, particularly the pensioners and of course, the local government workers”.

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“There are also a lot of scams and ghost workers suspected in those areas, and the governor is saying he wants to do verification and after that they will pay. But the Labour is saying that they should be paid because they have suffered for a long time.”

Although some states also owe their works seven to eight month salary, while some just pay half salaries. What should Mr President do about it?

CIVIL SERVANTS TURN BEGGARS IN NIGERIA