Massive demonstration hits Nigeria

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Massive demonstration hits Nigeria after they were delisted from payroll by the Cross River State government.

The demonstration took place last Monday in Calabar, the state capital.

The protesters had last week given the Cross River State Government seven days ultimatum to reinstate them and pay them their backlog of salaries and failure to do so will push them to make governance and official engagement difficult in the state.

About 2,500 protesting civil servants participated in the massive demonstration.

The aggrieved protesters decried the removal of their names from the payroll while carrying placards with various inscriptions, such as: “Ayade, pay us our salaries”; “No Trade Union in Cross River”, “We will protest until we are reinstated” and “John Odey should be sacked.”

Speaking with newsmen in Calabar, the protesters said their situation was unfortunate and disheartening, as many of them have not received salaries since 2018, while some have not been paid since August 2019.

They lamented that in spite of their plight, the state government had been giving appointments to politicians that do not contribute anything to the economy, but receive payment alerts at home.