Workers in Rivers State on May 2nd joined its counterparts across the country to celebrate the 2022 workers day. A day set aside in recognition and celebration of workers for their enormous contributions to the growth of the economy and society at large.
For Workers in Rivers State, it was a sad day. A day to mourn, a day to remember and recount their pains, abandonment by government, high handedness by the government of Rivers State under governor Nyesom Wike. A day to count their loses and ungrateful in the part of government.
The NLC chairperson, Comrade Beatrice Itubo had directed workers in the state to dress in black attire, expressing the pains workers are going through in the hands of Governor Nyesom Wike and mourning their colleagues who have died due to suffer and non payment of gratuity despite putting so much in service to the state.
The labour leader described the period as most unfortunate under the current governor, Nyesom Wike of Rivers State. According to her,
“No payment of gratuity, no promotion for seven years, no employment, non payment of minimum wage, non payment of salary arias, no new structure to enhance workers performance, no training, no government cooperation, etc.”
Some of those who spoke to True Blue Reporters frown at the way they’re being treated by the government of Rivers State, despite all efforts to make the governor see reasons to workers plight. They complained of the deteriorating state of the state secretariat and other welfare.
They obviously were not happy and didn’t want to listen to what they referred to as the coated words of the Deputy Governor, Ipalibo Harry who represented governor Nyesom Wike amidst very tight security, boo the deputy governor at almost every word, shutting her down from continuing with exclamations even though she proceeded to deliver her speech. Every of her promises during her speech got echoes from the workers “When”
Governor Nyesom Wike, the state leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress and Civil Servants in Rivers State have not had a smooth relationship over what they refer to as “I don’t care” attitude of the governor on workers who struggle so much to be rewarded with nothing