Donga Council Workers Protest Non-Payment Of Salaries
GOVERNANCE in Donga Local Council of Taraba state may soon be brought to a standstill,following the inability of the past chairman of the council, Douglas Ndatse, to pay salaries of the workers for the past four months.
The workers, who yesterday converged in Jalingo to register their protest, felt disappointed in the past chairman, whom they accused of using the funds meant for the council to pursue his political ambition.
The Ndatse, who is now a member of the state House of Assembly, was said to have enmeshed the council in debt, a situation that the Caretaker chairman of the council, Ibrahim Barnabas, is said to be finding difficult to cope with.
Noting that the ugly situation had led to the withdrawal of their children from schools because of their inability to foot school fees,the council workers said there is an urgent need for the relevant authorities to intervene in the matter.
The workers also alleged that the former chairman is still wielding a lot of influence in the council, hence “our collective resolve to seeking for your protection by not making our names public.”
The workers added that their salaries for the months of February, March, April and May have not been paid, adding, “we do not even know if it would be possible to receive this month’s salaries.”
When reached for comment, the newly sworn in Caretaker chairman, Barnabas, agreed that he inherited “some debts”, but added that he has marshaled out plans to resolved the skirmishes.
Barnabas explained that “government is a continue process”, adding, “by the grace of God we shall overcome the situation, because we are working towards it.”
He pleaded with the workers not to embark on strike. Although the immediate past chairman of the council, Ndatse, could not be reached as his mobile line was switched off, one of his close associates denied the allegation that he used the council funds to foot his political ambition.
According to him “although I am not his mouth piece, but I must tell you that such allegations are baseless, because he is even more disturbed than the workers.”