Niger Delta University workers postpone strike in honour of Alamieyeseigha

“It is inhuman to expect our members to
exercise further patience when three months into
the year, salaries have not been paid.
“The development has resulted in families of our
members going hungry, our children being driven
out of school in the last term, the sick uncared
for and eviction by landlords due to expiration of
house rents.
“Also, there is increased rate of hypertension and
related diseases arising from members’ inability
to provide food on the table and worsened by no
means of credit facilities,” the communiqué read.
It said that though the unions were in support of
the state government’s staff verification as a
means of exterminating payroll fraud in the
system, they, however, faulted its timing.
The communiqué said that the workers argued
that the timing was a calculated attempt to
further worsen their already critical state.
It said their fears arose from the fact that
previous verification set up four years ago failed
to achieve any meaningful result.
It said they had called on the state government
to immediately pay their three months salaries on
the basis of the bank verification numbers they
had earlier submitted, while the current
verification continued.
“Our Visitor, Gov. Seriake Dickson, should be
bothered by the cries of children whose working
parents are no longer able to provide food and
medical care for them or by the fact that people
can no longer transport themselves to their
places of work arising from the scarcity of
petrol.
“By extending the period of no salaries beyond
the third month, the visitor to the university is
vicariously liable for systematically compelling
genuine workers to indulge in criminality to keep
their families alive.
“Where is the place of empathy in public policy
formulation and implementation?
“We are calling on Gov. Dickson to condescend
to the state of the ordinary worker whose take
home pay cannot even take him home.
“The misguided notion of university autonomy as
held by only the Bayelsa State Government in
the entire country should not be used as a guise
for abdicating responsibility to the university,”
the communiqué said.
It, however, promised that the workers would
continue to contribute meaningfully to the human
capital development of the state. (NAN)

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