Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State

Following the intervention of Governor Ben Ayade, the Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress and other affiliate unions have suspended their two-day protest.

Recall that the workers demonstrated at the Accountant General’s office in Calabar over the government’s failure to pay banks after deducting loans from the workers’ salaries.

However, they suspended the protest when the governor appealed to them, adding that he would pay for two months this week.

Ayade explained that the state could not afford to pay the lump sum – which is a total of four months – at once.

The protesting workers carried placards with various inscriptions including, ‘A workman deserves his wages’, ‘Workers can’t access facilities anymore, pay banks their monies’ and ‘Trade Union Act and Labour Act say remit deductions within 72 hours’, among others.

This is just as the newly recruited magistrates in Cross River State cried out as the state government failed to pay their salary for over two years.

They lamented as they collectively borrowed about N60m from organizations, families and banks to offset their bills and medical expenses.

However, the state government claimed that the governor did not order the recruitment of the magistrates numbering up to 30.

The magistrates lamented as they delivered their duties every day for two years without even knowing their actual salary as the state government failed to pay them.


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