JOS – Street sweepers in Plateau on Wednesday in Jos appealed to the government to pay their six months’ salary arrears.
The sweepers, who spoke under condition of anonymity, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the development had turned them into destitutes.
According to the sweepers,who swamped the Plateau Government secretariat in their hundreds, they are being owed since September 2014.
“We are paid N8, 000 each on monthly basis and we are surprised that our salary was stopped while we are still engaged by the government.
“Since last year September we have not received our monthly stipend that we are entitled to due to the job that we do, “ one of them said.
Another sweeper, while calling on the government to come to their rescue, said the money was her only means of livelihood.
“ I am a widow with three children and this is what I use in feeding and training them, “ she said.
“I don’t know what is happening to the government this time around, it is about six months that we have not been paid,“ she said.
She appealed to the government to improve on the unpaid arrears and pay them a better package in line with the change now taking place in the country.
However, the Commissioner for Environment, Mr John Dadut told NAN was caused by an attempt to change the cash based payment system he met when he assumed duty.
The commissioner said that he had approached no fewer than six banks in an effort to speed up the change of the current system.
“They are not on strike neither are they demonstrating, in fact their gathering today is because we have started paying them,“ he said (NAN)
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