WORKERS in Imo State, yesterday, gave the state government seven days to pay their March salaries or face an industrial action.
A statement issued by leaders of the workers’ union, Austin Chilakpo, Nkim Tangban and Aloy Iwuanyanwu, described the state government’s inability to pay the salaries despite appeal as unfair.
The workers maintained that the state government had enough fund to pay civil servants and pensioners, even as they warned that security agencies in the state should not hold leaders of the union responsible should they decide to stage a protest.
“Your Excellency Sir, the leadership of Labour in the state has made frantic efforts to see that the salaries of Imo workers for the month of March 2019 is paid through the office of the Accountant General and have not yielded any result.
“All reasons given as to why the salaries are yet to be paid is watery and as such, not acceptable to Imo workers.
“More worrisome is the fact that the March 2019 Federal Allocation has hit the account of the state government.
“Apart from this, Imo State Government has received the LGA allocation for the 27 LGAs in the state, 13% derivation fund, ecological fund, internally generated revenue and many more.
“Therefore, the continuous delay in the payment of workers’ salaries becomes unjustified.
“More worrisome also is the fact that we shall soon enter into the Easter season, which the workers need this salary for”, the statement reads.