Magistrates protest 24-month unpaid salaries in Calabar

Ada Wodu, Calabar

Magistrates in Cross River State on Monday protested at the governor’s office in Calabar over non-payment of their 24 months salaries.

The Magistrates who came from the 18 local government areas of the state blocked the second gate leading to the governor’s office.

They carried placards with inscriptions such as ‘No Bliss, no blush, we are not crystallised nor olumposized, Cross River State Magistrates in penury’; ‘We have right to employment’; ‘Magistrates in Cross River State are thrown out of their rented apartments, Ayade pay us’.

Speaking on behalf of the aggrieved Magistrates, the Chief Magistrate to Cross River State government, Solomon Abuo, said the protest is their last resort.

According to him, “We are protesting the non-payment of our 24 months salary, this is January and we have been discharging our duties to the state government.

“We have courts that we are heading and we have been working for the state government to bring about peace and tranquility to the society, yet the governor does not deem it fit to pay us our salaries despite our entreaties, pleas, letters, correspondences, screening upon screening.

“After our employment and swearing in, we have undergone a further four screenings. After each of them, the governor will ignore the report requesting him to pay us our salaries. So this is our last resort.

“Right now we have 30 Magistrates affected across the 18 LGAs of the state. Funny enough, the governor’s local government has the highest number (11 magistrates who are affected) and the state does not care.

“Is it wrong for one to serve the state? As Judicial officers, are we supposed to go through this kind of humiliation? That’s the question we want answers to.”

Source: PunchNews


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