Imo Broadcasting Corporation workers protest against non-payment of 3 months salaries


Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha

Workers in Imo Broadcasting Corporation (IBC), on Tuesday in Owerri protested against the non-payment of their three months salaries by the State government.

The workers marched from the IBC head office at Akanchawa Road to Government House, carrying placards with several inscriptions expressing their grievances.

The protesters said they were becoming shadows of themselves as hunger and poverty had ravaged them, following months of unpaid salaries.

They said they were finding it increasingly difficult to eat and transport selves to and from work.

The workers accused IBC management of insensitivity and refusal to throw a lifeline no matter how small to enable them to cope with the harsh realities of the present time.

The Chairman of the IBC Joint Action Committee of the workers’ unions, Mr Sam Eke, told journalists that the scenario could be likened to the proverbial “monkey is working and baboon is enjoying.”

According to Eke, the IBC Board, led by Chief Ifeanyi Olumba, “is having a field day amid the suffering in the corporation.”

He said the workers took their protest to Gov. Rochas Okorocha so as to bring to his attention the hardship and deprivation they were going through.

Eke said the suffering of workers and their families was due to months of unpaid salaries and other benefits.

The former Secretary to Imo Government, Sir Jude Ejiogu, who addressed the protesters on behalf of the governor, assured that urgent attention would be given to their demands and the salaries paid.

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  • Sunshine

    It is an act of irresponsibility and negligence for any governor who could not pay his workers. These governors have families and knows how they will feel if he as the head of family could not put bread on their table. They pretend, lie, walking with audacity and impunity as if nothing has happened living like Lords in their mansions at the expenses of the vigil servant. This is a very big shame to all of them.

  • bejamin olisa

    Reports that public service workers in more than half of Nigeria’s 36
    states, at the last count are being owed salaries of between three and
    eight months by their governments have further highlighted the
    leadership deficit which citizens have had to endure over the years. This further heightens the fact that Nigerian leadership is more politicized rather than based on expertise. Most of the leaders or officials in organizations or public offices lack the proper skills to effectively manage and control situations. This from the unset of the fourth republic has been an issue. It is unfair, disheartening and irresponsible of any government to neglect the plight of the workers.