Punch Nigeria is reporting that government workers in Bayelsa state have resulted to begging as they have not been paid up to 5 months salary by the state government.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that with unpaid wages workers are unable to take care of themselves and their families, most can’t even afford to transport themselves to work.
A manager at government owned Izon Ibe Community Bank told the publication,
I work in the state-owned micro-finance bank, but since November, I have not been paid. I can’t go to work because I need to look for something to do to feed my family. It has been very tough. Surviving in Bayelsa State has become so difficult. I wonder why an oil-producing state like Bayelsa cannot pay salaries. We learnt that states like Ebonyi and Taraba, with one of the least allocations, still pay salaries. But here, we are working in an oil-producing state without salaries.”
Interestingly the Governor – Seriake Dickson last year promised to pay salaries owed but he didn’t & he has been very quiet about the issue.
Since the news hit, Twitter Nigeria has been buzzing about the sad situation – non stop, see what they had to say after the ju