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Owerri brought to a standstill over salary arrears

Owerri, the Imo State capital has been brought to a standstill by demonstrations over the last two days by state government employees over being owed salary arrears for seven months.

Most major roads are said to be blocked, with little movement in or out of the city. The workers also blocked the entrance to the Imo State House of Assembly.

Imo State workers demonstrate against non-payment of salaries
Imo State workers demonstrate against non-payment of salaries

The workers are insisting that governor Rochas Okorocha either pays them their arrears or he leaves office and the demonstrations will continue until either demand is met.

Meanwhile, the governor is out of state. First, he spent time in Abuja with a photo-op with the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. Okorocha is now in Yola, Adamawa State for a “Progressive Governors Forum” (gathering of the All Progressives Congress governors), of which he is the chairman.

Ban non-payment of salaries: APC governors and Ban K-Moon
Ban non-payment of salaries: APC governors and Ban K-Moon

The meeting agenda included addressing chronic unemployment in Nigeria. There was no mention of discussing paying the salary arrears for state employees.

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