Aggrieved employees within the Doma Native Authorities Space of Nasarawa State on Friday staged a protest over the non-payment of their two months’ salaries and the alleged disappearance of N20million deducted from their salaries by the Federal Mortgage Housing Scheme.
Based on Every day Belief, the employees blocked the convoy of the Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe, who’s an indigene of Doma.
Akabe, alongside the embattled Council Chairman, Mr. Rabo Sani, had met with the employees to plead with them to stay calm.
They’d advised the employees that the state authorities was doing the whole lot attainable to deal with their predicament however the protesting employees reportedly ignored their plea as they barricaded the highway.
The highway blockage started on Monday this week as they performed “a particular prayer” in the course of the highway.
The council chairman blamed his predecessors for the lack of the council to pay the employees, saying unlawful employment of civil servants worsened the state of affairs.
He stated, “I didn’t make use of a single civil servant, however my predecessors made a mistake by using over 500 civil servants.”
Nevertheless, he acknowledged that the rationale behind the protest was as a result of scarcity of funds to pay employees salaries, noting that it’s a statewide downside.
On the lacking Federal Mortgage Housing fund, he debunked the hearsay, including that the Native Authorities borrowed the cash to pay employees’ salaries.
“The cash of Federal Mortgage Housing fund will not be lacking. Fairly we borrowed the cash to pay workers salaries, saying that each one the Union leaders had been conscious of the transaction,” he stated.
“What I’m saying, in essence, is that there was a session and settlement earlier than we arrived at that.”
He stated the 13 Native Authorities Councils of the state wanted a sum of N2.1 billion to settle two months of workers salaries.
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