The leadership of ISOPADEC workers, today December 9, has besieged the office of the Managing Director /CEO of the Commission with a complaint over delays in payment of their monthly salaries and other related matters.
During the meeting, the workers threatened to shutdown the offices of the Commission and would not allow anyone to assess the premises of their office complex if their salaries are not paid before Monday next week.
They reminded the MD that they are aware that over 1.5billion naira of the 40% of the 13% derivation fund has been received by this administration for the past 24 months. And questioned why the govt could not do everything required to ensure the regular and prompt payment of salaries.
“Since this amount is recieved, why would the Governor refuse to pay our meager salary as and when due? This is what previous governments before him were doing with ease. We are going to shut down the oil wells in our areas and go to Abuja for a mega protest that would shake the state.We have ran out of patience. The people of Ohaji-Egbema and Oguta are tired of being told to be patient. Enough is enough” they said.
They demanded for the immediate release of their 13th month salary and other Xmas packages.
The workers leadership expressed grave bitterness over the slashing of their salaries, and demanded for immediate reversal. This is as they stressed that the hardship this situation has thrown them into has become unbearable.
The also threatened to block some major oil wells and pipelines within the oil producing LGAs if thrir legitimate yearnings are not attended to, this time.
Responding, the MD/ CEO of ISOPADEC Chief Charles Orie, informed the workers that their November salaries will be paid before Monday, explaining that the delay was due to bureaucratic processes that are necessary prerequisites before release of any govt funds.
Chief Orie pleaded with the workers leadership to exercise patience and keep their members in check while the management works out a more sustainable and regular approach to solving the perceived delays.
The ISOPADEC boss reminded them that substantial progress has been achieved in alleviating the welfare of the staff of the Commission since he took over as MD. He promised to do his best to ensure a better working conditions for the staff members while assuring them that he will take their requests to the appropriate quarters.