Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri
Workers of the Stateowned Imo Broadcasting Corporation, IBC, yesterday took to the streets of Owerri, the state capital to protest the three months unpaid salary arrears owed them by the state government. The workers numbering over 100, matched from their head office at Akanchawa Road to the state government house, carrying placards with several inscription to express their grievances.
The protesting workers lamented that the staff of the corporation were gradually becoming shadows of themselves as hunger and poverty now ravaged them following three months unpaid salaries. They said they were finding it increasingly hard to eat as they rarely visited the corporation’s staff canteen to eat even as it was becoming difficult to transport themselves to and from work.
The pathetic situation of the workers, the added was being worsened and made unbearable by the insensitivity of the management which they accused refused to throw lifeline, no matter how small to the way of the workers to enable them cope with the harsh realities of the present time. Speaking with journalists, the chairman of the IBC Joint Action Committee of the workers’ unions, Mr. Sam Eke said the scenario in the corporation right now could be explained by the maxim of monkey working and baboon enjoying as the IBC board led by Chief Ifeanyi Olumba was having a field day amid the suffering in the corporation.
He stated that they came to the governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to bring to his attention the untold hardship and deprivation they were going through as a result of months of unpaid salaries and other benefits. Addressing the protesters on behalf of the governor, the former secretary to the government of Imo State, Sir Jude Ejiogu, begged them not to start the new administration with protest and assured them that urgent attention would be given to them to quickly pay their salary area.