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Rivers State workers shut down state secretariat over unpaid salaries

Public servants in the employment of the Rivers state Government, Wednesday, shut down activities at the state secretariat, in protest as they demanded their arrears of salaries, which they claim was running into several months.

The workers including retirees engaged by the Rivers State Government embarked on a protest march as they called on the out-going Governor, Rotimi Amaechi to pay up their salary arrears before handing over on May 29.

The protestors including civil servants, retired midwives engaged under the Midwives Special Scheme (MSS) and retirees, demanded the payment of their five months salary arrears from the state government.

The protest paralyzed activities at the state secretariat as the government workers turned out massively, chanting war songs, as they called on the state government to pay their salaries and pensions.

State secretary of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners in Rivers State, Mr. Joseph Agbo, urged Governor Amaechi to pay them before leaving office, adding that apart from the five months being owed pensioners, other arrears such as the 14 per cent, 15 per cent and 38 per cent increases had not being paid, even when they had been computed and sent to the governor for action.

“Pension is a right and not a privilege. Before the governor came on board, salaries of civil servants and pensioners were regular, but all these are no more,” he said.

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