Panic in Imo as civil servants protest, block Govt House


  Imo State Governor, Chief Hope Uzodimma.

Imo civil servants in their large numbers have on this Thursday engaged on protest, blocking the state government house, Owerri over unpaid salary.

Some of the protesters stated that they engaged took to the government to prove the state governor, Chief Hope Uzodinna that they were not ghost workers as alleged.

NATIONAL PANEL gathered that the protesting civil servants have as at 8am today, blocked the entrance of the government house which degenerated traffic jams in the streets of the town.

The protest which raised dusts of fears in the state especially as the security agents at the gate of the government house's effort to quell the demonstration ended in deadluck.

Our correspondent reports that the angrived civil servants were sighted 
carrying their letters of appointments and postings while protesting, which according to them, was to prove that they were not a ghost workers as alleged by their governor.

It could be recall that the state governor had stated that any civil servant who was yet to receive salary up to date should consider himself/herself as a  ghost worker.

 “We have come to puncture the statement of the governor that those who have not received their salaries update are ghost workers. That is why we have come with our letters of appointments and that of our postings.

One of the protesters in order of anonymity said, “we are over one thousand here. There are others who have not received their salaries in the last one year among us here. For me, I have not been paid in the last eight months. It is unfortunate that the governor is owing us and he is still lying against us and painting us in bad colours.”

It was gathered that the protesters refused to leave the entrance of the Govetnment House and continued protesting.

“We will resume 7am here every day going forward until we are paid. I am a secondary school teacher and I have not been paid in the last 12 months. This is the 13th month. Since this governor assumed office, I have only received one month salary and that was January 2020. What kind of wickedness is this?. What kind of leaders do we have in this country?" Another civil servants hinted, as our correspondent is yet report the state government's response about the protest.

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