- Over 2,500 civil servants staged a protest over Cross River state's decision to remove their names from the government payroll
- The protesters who barricaded the state secretariat on Murtala Mohammed highway in Cross River called for their reinstatement
- The aggrieved civil servants while carrying placards with various inscriptions decried the removal of their names from the payroll
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Not less than 2,500 Cross River civil servants took to the streets of Calabar on Monday, September 21, protesting against the removal of their names from the state government's payroll.
The workers who were delisted from the payroll 13 months ago barricaded the state secretariat on Murtala Mohammed highway as they called for their reinstatement, The Nation reports.
Francis Inah, a leader of the protesters, said many of the civil servants affected have not received salaries since 2018. He went on to note that since August 2019, others have not been paid.
The aggrieved protesters decried the removal of their names from the payroll while carrying placards with various inscriptions, such as: “Ayade, pay us our salaries”; “No Trade Union in Cross River”, “We will protest until we are reinstated” and “John Odey should be sacked”.
However, the state government in response to the protest argued that it was unnecessary. Christian Ita, the special adviser to the governor on media and publicity, disclosed this.
Ita said labour and government have concluded plans to carry out screening to ascertain the civil servants who were erroneously removed from the payroll.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that no fewer than 80 civil servants in Niger have been sacked by the state government from the civil service for their gross conduct.
The state's executive council decision was made known to journalists on Friday, September 11, at the Government House Minna, during a post council briefing.
The Niger state head of the service, Hajiya Salamatu Abubakar, said the state government had set up a salary committee to unravel the affected civil servants who she said cut across all cadres.
In other news, four Nigerian women have been arrested for allegedly selling a newborn for the sum of N1,500,000.
Among the suspects include two civil servants with the federal ministry of finance, and the ministry of agriculture and rural development have been arrested.
It was reported that Bernadette Ihezuo works with the finance ministry while Cecilia Onyema works with the ministry of agriculture and rural development.
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