Street sweepers in Benin City, Edo State on Thursday staged a protest over the non-payment of their salary for seven months.
The protesters, who took their protest to the Edo State government house, carried placards with inscriptions such as “Governor Obaseki hear our cry’’, “Pay us our money’’ and “Commissioner for Environment, where is our money’’?
One of the protesters, Magdalene Osemwenkhae, said non-payment of their salaries has made life difficult and their families.
Osemwenkhae appealed to all relevant authorities in the state to urgently pay them their dues without further delay.
Addressing the protesters, the state deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, assured them that issues causing the delay of their salaries were currently being resolved.
Shaibu explained further that the Secretary to the State Government was at the meeting with the contractors working with the Waste Management Agency to resolve the issues.
Shaibu said that the state government was planning a better Public-Private Partnership to keep the state clean, adding that the partnership would impact positively on their welfare.
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