- The main entrance to Gov Ben Ayade’s Calabar office was blocked by a 26-year-old man who was protesting over his late dad’s gratuity
- The young man, Joseph Oko Odey, said he would continue with the one-man protest every day until his father’s gratuity, which the state accountant general confirmed to be N13million, is paid
- Odey said his family had been thrown into hardship and the education of his younger ones had been thwarted, following the death of his father four years ago
- According to the young man, the state accountant general had verified the computation of the amount, but the governor reportedly refused to approve payment
The main entrance into Governor Ben Ayade’s office in Calabar was on Wednesday, August 14, blocked by a 26-year-old man identified as Joseph Oko Odey, who was protesting over his late dad’s gratuity.
Odey, who hails from the northern part of the Cross River state, vowed to commit suicide if his request was not granted by the governor, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the young man carried a placard bearing an inscription which read: “Your Excellency, Pls Pay Gratuity. My Family Is Distressed.”
Odey said he would continue with the one-man protest every day until his father’s gratuity, which the state accountant general reportedly confirmed to be N13million, is paid by the governor.
The young man said his father, who was a school principal, died four years ago, after working for 33 years in the state’s teaching service.
He said following the incident, his family had been thrown into hardship and the education of his younger ones had been thwarted. He said he had been forced to become the breadwinner.
Odey further disclosed that he had processed all the official documents in respect of the payment of his late father’s gratuity but the accountant general said the governor had not given approval for payment.
He said: “I am forced to embark on this one-man protest for, at least, one week even if the security personnel at the governor’s gate will clamp down on me.
“At 26-years-old, as first son, I have been forced to become the head of a family. My family is suffering. We have no food to eat.
“The education of my younger ones has been thwarted. Yet I am told that the governor does not want to approve payment of my late father’s gratuity even I have processed all the official documents.
“My father’s name is Mr Barry Anthony Odey. He died four years ago. He was principal of Government Secondary School in Ebo, Yala LGA. The state accountant general has verified the computation of the amount.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Cross River state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Benedict Ukpepi, urged workers in the state to have faith that Governor Ben Ayade would implement the N30, 000 minimum wage.
Ukpepi said Governor Ayade took welfare seriously and had been consistent with prompt payment of workers’ salaries since he assumed office.
According to him, Ayade would likely be the first governor in the country to implement the new minimum wage.
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