by Dolapo Adelana
Some aggrieved workers have called on the Yobe state government to pay them their entitlements for the past sixteen months.
In a statement released under the aegis of the Yobe Aggrieved Workers, signed by its chairman, Abubakar Sadiq Abari, and its secretary, Muhammad Nasir, the workers wondered why they were yet to be paid when the state had received bail out funds from the federal government.
“After sixteen months of patience and waiting, Yobe state government is yet to pay thousands of local councils workers from Potiskum, Nangere, Fika, Fune and Bade local government area their entitlements, despite receiving bailouts from the federal government, and a widely publicized appeal by president Muhammadu Buhari for the state governors to settle workers’ salaries with utmost urgency, although most of the state governors had already paid after the presidents emotional appeal, however Yobe state governor is yet to do that,” the statement said.
“Surprisingly, the state’s commissioner for information Alhaji Mala Musti, in an interview with VOA Hausa morning service, on 7th February 2017 claimed that the state government had settled all local councils salaries. This statement by the commissioner has unsettled and shocked the hapless workers and other sympathizers, and it also raised some questions on whether the state government under the leadership of Alhaji Ibrahim Geidam is sincere on fulfilling its responsibilities.
“Therefore, the aggrieved workers call on the state government to as a matter of urgency pay their sixteen months stipends, so as to stop what may soon become a keg of gunpowder, the YAW have already enough problems for sixteen months to deal with, revolt must not be added.”
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.