By: Alfred Saiki,
There seems to be light at the end of the tunnel for staff of Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State, over their unpaid February 2018 salary, as the Plateau State House of Assembly (PSHA) Standing Committee on Public Account and Petitions has promised a Group “Concerned Workers Forum” that it would do everything possible to see that the workers get their missing salary.
This promise was made on Friday, the 28th of May, 2020, at the conference hall of the Plateau State House of Assembly, when the group presented their petition titled, “Petition for non-payment of 2018 February salaries”, to the PSHA’s Standing Committee on Public Account and Petition.
Receiving the petition, Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Bala Fwangje, commended the group for bringing their plight to the House and promised that, his Committee would ensure that, “the workers get their deserved wage, as it is their right.”
Other members of the Committee, who also spoke, assured the group that, the Assembly is for the people and they would ensure that justice is served.
They informed the group that, they have already commenced investigation into the matter as they have spoken to the Mangu Local Government Chairman, as well as, the said contractor involved.
The Committee appealed to the group not to carry out their threat of paralyzing activities in the local government, while urging them not to take the laws into their hands.
The petition signed by the Chairman of the Concerned Group, Com. Dagwan Elisha and other members of the group has as part of their demands in part that:-
“We demand immediate full payment of our 2018 February salaries; We demand that the House of Assembly Standing Committee on Public Accounts and Petition to get to the root of the about One Hundred and Forty Million Naira (#140,000,000.00) which was said to be released for the purpose of settling of the workers’ salaries, but no where to be found; We demand for the immediate prosecution of the three persons who are alleged to have tempered with the released February 2018 funds, including the worker’s salary.”
Speaking at the end of the meeting, the Chairman of the group, Com. Dagwan Elisha, expressed satisfaction with the reception they received from the House Committee and assured them of their support as they carry out further investigation.
Adding that, “Our discussion yesterday at the House of Assembly was satisfactory because, the So Called Contractor Has agreed not to continue with any court Case in court. Therefore we are hoping that the Frozen Account would be free for activities any time soon!”