By Nafiu Toyin Abdulqadri.
Some of the workers engaged towards the end of the administration of Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, popularly referred to as ‘sunset workers,’ have appealed to the Kwara State Governor, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to resume the payment of their salaries which they claimed has been put on hold for the past four months.
The workers who thronged the Kwara State House of Assembly early morning yesterday, Tuesday, pleaded with the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Danladi-Salihu to intercede on their behalf with the governor.
Speaking with INSIDER, Ogunola Samuel Odunayo, Coordinator of the workers affected by the salary stoppage and a staff of State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, said they were at the State House of Assembly to seek the help of the Speaker.
“We are here to plead with the Speaker on our agitation that they have not been paying our salaries since the last four months. So we are here to plead with the House of Assembly and the Speaker,” Odunayo said.
Yunus Ismael, another worker affected by the salary suspension, said himself and others have gone to several offices and written several letters to all those concerned in government, pleading for their intervention for the government to resume the payment of their suspended salaries.
While describing as confusing the claim by government that their salaries were suspended because most them were ‘ghost workers,’ Yunus said, “We were many that were employed last year. But out of those of us that were employed, many of us are still getting their salaries as at when due, while quite a number of us are yet to receive our salaries. We have the same certificate with those that are being paid, we were employed and given appointment letters the same month. So the reason our own salaries are not being paid is quite confusing, and we don’t understand it.”
Narrating the difficulty being faced by the affected workers, Mrs. Adekunle pleaded for the mercy of the government. Expressing her appreciation to the governor for what she described as a “gesture” for retaining them, she said the workers did not want the benevolence to stop.
She said, “He (governor) should please and please and please, for God sake, remember us as he did for us at the beginning. Our salaries have been pending for four months ago. In fact, to eat and to feed the family in the house is a big problem. We have among us here people who tabled their certificates for the food sellers in the town in order for them to have food for their children. So am pleading, am pleading, that he should please, and God in His infinite mercies will not make him to lack any good thing that he wishes for himself and his children in Jesus name.”
Our correspondent could see some of the workers waiting to see the Speaker weeping, a sight that attracted the attention of one of the Assembly members who came to address the group. The media aide to the Speaker, Sheriff Gold later told INSIDER that no sunset worker met with his principal. This was despite the claim by the converged workers that he (the Speaker) was aware of their visit.