Lagos - The Youths for Human Rights Protection and Transparency Initiative (YARPTI) has decried the continued failure by the Imo State to pay civil servants and pensioners in the region.
“YARPTI is angry with the continuation of the policies which enrich the wealthy few while further impoverishing the poor working masses in Imo Sate of Nigeria,” the group stated.
Kenneth Uwadi, President of YARPTI, and Veronica Ekpo, the spokesperson, jointly-signed the document.
“We are also sad over the non-payment of workers' salaries and retirees'
pensions in Imo state by the Rochas Okorocha’s led government and the financial mismanagement of the state,” the officials said.
They reported workers in the Imo State Civil Service were owed three months salaries.
It is alleged the workers were given bank cheques for one month payment but the cheques bounced.
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“We are also aware that Local Government Civil Servants have not been paid for 3 months while the Imo State Health Workers have not received salaries since February 2014. What about pensioners that are owed for 18 months?”
YARPTI maintained its position that behind the financial crisis facing Imo State, was the gross misappropriation and misuse of state resources.
“We maintain that Rochas Okorocha’s government, through pro-rich, contractor-oriented policies and programmes, have ruined Imo State economy. The goal of economic management and governance of
Okorocha is not to satisfy the needs of majority of the populace particularly the working people, but to maximise profits and increase the wealth of a minority rich few.”
YARPTI demanded the immediate payment of salaries, allowances, pensions and gratuities as well as immediate refund of all unremitted deductions from workers' salaries and pensions.
“Finally, we will in due course mobilise the youths, workers and women to the arena of struggle through peaceful mass protests in the city of Owerri,” Uwadi and Ekpo said.
Imo is among some states that are poised to benefit from a bailout package President Muhammadu Buhari recently approved to enable financially-struggling states pay their workers.
- CAJ News