Imo State workers lamented over their salaries not paid before the Easter celebration, and may embark on strike as a result. Among those who have expressed anger over the non-payment of salary was the local government workers. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) state chairman, Austin Chilakpu spoke concerning the situation, he also told The Guardian that more than 54 months arrears of pensions were alleged being owed to some retirees.
A seven-day ultimatum had been released in the first week of this month to Governor Rochas Okorocha to pay their salaries and pensions, even after the state had received its allocations from the Federal Government their salaries had still not been paid. A two-week strike had been embarked upon by medical doctors in the employ of the state government, and under the aegis of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) last week for the payment of the their salaries from January till date and provision of access road to the Imo State University Teaching Hospital (IMSUTH), Orlu, among others.
Dr. Kyrian Duruewuru, the state chairman of NMA said that if the needful is not done by the government after the expiration of the ultimatum, doctors in the federal medical institutions and private hospitals to join the strike. The letter that conveyed the ultimatum to the governor was signed the organized labour in Imo State, comprising the NLC, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JPSNC).
The letter read in part: “It is pertinent to point out that no state government in the North can deny its workers their salaries during Salah.”“It is, therefore, expected that no state in this part of the country should deny its workers their salaries during such all- important celebrations as Easter “We cannot guarantee any industrial peace if the government fails to do the needful. Labour leaders in Imo State should not be held responsible for any outbreak of industrial unrest. Government should use the seven days given to her to pay the workers and pensioners.”