Magistrate collapses while protesting over 24 months unpaid salaries

Magistrate collapses while protesting over 24 months unpaid salaries

- The Cross River state government is facing serious criticism from judicial workers over alleged unfulfilled obligations

- Some magistrates in the state have questioned why they have not been paid since they were employed

- The state government has not reacted to the allegations by the workers

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A magistrate who was taking part in a protest on Tuesday, January 5, collapsed in front of the governor’s office in Calabar, the Cross River state capital.

Vanguard reported that the magistrate, Richard Edet, joined his colleagues at the protest venue over the non-payment of their 24 months salaries when the incident occurred.

Magistrate collapses while protesting over unpaid salary
The officials have decried the way they are being treated by the governor. Photo: PM News
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Fortunately, he was revived by other magistrates with milk and water.

The officials were said to have protested in their full regalia to prove that they were actually employed by the state government.

The group claimed that they had not received salaries since their employment into the state civil service by the Ayade led administration two years ago, according to The Nation.

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Speaking to newsmen after the incident, the chief magistrate of Cross River, Solomon Abuo decried what he described as ill-treatment meted to them by the state government.

Meanwhile, apparently dissatisfied with the non-implementation of the new minimum wage, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has threatened to embark on industrial action in the defaulting states and those owing workers' salaries.

PM News reported that this was contained in its New Year message signed by its president, Ayuba Wabba.

Wabba noted that up till date, some states have refused to pay the new national minimum wage.

In another report, barely four years after their recruitment, some 355 workers employed by the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) claimed that they have not been receiving their salaries.

The Punch's investigations revealed that many of the affected workers had not received salaries since they were recruited in 2017.

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A senior official of the NASC, who had earlier spoken to the newspaper on condition of anonymity, attributed the delay in the payment of the workers’ salaries to declining revenue.

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