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The workers of Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission(ISOPADEC) on Monday blocked the main entrance to the state Government House in Owerri in protest over the non-payment of their salaries.
The protesting workers carried placards with various inscriptions condemning the non payment of their two-months salary arrears, deductions in the payment of their July salaries and other alleged unfriendly policies of the state government.
Also accused is the Managing Director of the commission, Andrew Nwoketubo, of allegedly paying lip service to their welfare.
The protesting workers caused temporary gridlock along the main access to the Government House, and more prevented vehicular movements in and out of the governor’s house christened Peoples house.
The workers were unanimous in calling for an end to impunity in the oil commission while calling for the immediate payment of the outstanding two months salary arears.
The ISOPADC union Chairman, Sunny Nwabuo, accused the state government of being insensitive, saying the oil exploration areas faces continuous degredation of their farmlands
According to Nwabuo, “While N21,000 was deducted from the salaries of drivers in the month of July, N15,000 was deducted from senior staff of ISOPADC, and N24,000 was deducted from the salaries of workers in the accounts department.
“This is at variance with labour laws. The union will make sure that things are done according to the laid down rules.”